Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Eight people from Rochester were charged Monday for distributing significant quantities of methylone, also known as “Molly,” a Schedule I controlled substance.
It’s the same drug a Barker man is accused of possessing and selling, following his indictment by a federal grand jury earlier this month. Allen M. Young, 37, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methylone, conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
Young was arrested Feb. 14 in Erie, Pa. and remains in custody. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1 million or both.
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said federal authorities in Rochester successfully infiltrated a significant international synthetic drug trafficking ring.
Named in the criminal complaint are: Joshua Buerman, 25, Michele Hess, 21, Kevin Willard, 21, Andrew Bosch, 28, Madhu Ashok, 21, Lance Minielly, 23, Jesse James Macaveny, 20, Rita Levy Panzica, 18, all of Rochester. They face the same maximum charges as Young.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory said since June 2012, members of the organization used a supply source located in China to “obtain significant quantities of methylone, as well as several other synthetic substances.”
Methylone is a stimulant that has a chemical structure closely related to 3,4-methyelenedioxymethamphetamine, known commonly as “MDMA” or ecstacy. Its crystalline form is often sold on the streets and in clubs by the shorthand term “Molly.”
Methylone was the subject of an October 2011 Drug Enforcement Administration Emergency Scheduling Order and was permanently listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in April.
As part of its investigation, the federal government obtained a court order authorizing the interception of emails going back and forth to the source of supply in China. During the 30 day interception period, investigators generated more than 450 leads which were disseminated to various police agencies across the United States.