Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The leads resulted in 54 arrests nationwide and the seizure of more than 70 kilograms of methylone. Also found was numerous controlled substances, several kilograms of cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA, more than $50,000 in cash, several motor vehicles and weapons, including several firearms.
Rochester investigators also found evidence that the China-based supplier was shipping an assortment of controlled substances to numerous customers located all over the world.
In August investigators learned through the email interception that several shipments of methylone were being shipped to members of the Rochester group. The packages were intercepted and found to contain a total of 3.5 kilograms of Methylone crystals.
“This international investigation shows one path by which massive quantities of synthetic drugs can enter our communities,” Hochul said. “Both law enforcement and the public must continue to be vigilant as we together work towards keeping this and like substances — which can be deadly — out of the area.”
“There has been a 300 percent increase in poison centers nationwide responding to calls related to synthetic drugs and 60 percent of the cases involved patients 25 years old and younger. Our youth are the targets of drug trafficking organizations distributing synthetic drugs like methylone under the guise of it being molly or ecstasy,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian R. Crowell. “Kids need to know they are not taking ecstasy. We are seeing street dealers selling something with a catchy name such as molly, and in fact it’s poisonous synthetic chemicals made in labs in China. Overdoses from ingesting these types of chemicals are extremely dangerous and unforgiving.”
Methylone has become an increasingly popular “club drug” causing users to experience feelings very similar to ecstasy. The New York City Medical Examiner has confirmed that two young people, including Jeffrey Russ of Greece, N.Y., who died at the Electric Zoo festival on Randalls Island over Labor Day weekend, took lethal mixtures of methylone and MDMA.