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Officials Step Up Efforts To Stop Ecstasy Explosion

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RALEIGH — Ecstasy is quickly becoming the drug of choice for high school kids and college students. Police are stepping up their efforts to get it off the street.

Undercover agents arrested three teens Tuesday in the parking lot of Garner Towne Square. Investigators say Phillip Aikens, Jeffrey Adams and Jeffrey Rinker tried to sell the agents 1,000 Ecstasy pills.

The pills were counterfeits, but getting the dealers was a major score.

"There's no telling how many times they've done this before," said state ALE agent Bryan House. "No telling how many times they'd do it again."

Ecstasy is sometimes called "e," "beans" or "rolls." The tiny white pills look like aspirin, giving the user increased senses, awareness and energy. It can also cause a rise in body temperature and dehydration.

It costs anywhere from $20 to $30 a pill, and the effects can last up to 10 hours. It is very popular on the nightclub scene and at rave parties.

Rinker was released on bail Wednesday morning. Aikens and Adams are still in the Wake County Jail.


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