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ABC Agents Make Ecstasy Bust In Wake County

Posted April 16, 2000

— After a four-month investigation, ABC agents believe they have cut off one of Wake County's primary suppliers of the party drug Ecstasy.

Agents found more than a thousand hits of ecstasy in the possession of three men: Roberty Dancy, a junior at N.C. State, Brandon Washam, a graduate of N.C. State, and Kevin Higgins, a student at UNC Charlotte. Each was charged with trafficking ecstasy.

"We were able to identify an individual ring in Raleigh selling ecstasy in large quantities," says Lew Nuckles, state ABC agent. "By that, we were able to influx the agent into the ring to make the purchase."

The white pills look like aspirin, but sell for $30 a piece on the street.

Agents say Ecstasy, a methamphetamine, is common at clubs and parties. Now it is becoming all the rave in the college crowd.

"We first saw it pop up two years ago in Raleigh at some of the club scenes," Nuckles says. "I would say that it is growing rapidly here with the college-age kids and some of the clubs in Raleigh where that age group attends.

People who have taken Ecstasy say it keeps them in a laid-back and relaxed state of mind.

Under North Carolina law, the charge is considered a felony that is more serious than trafficking crack cocaine.


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