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Club drug "Molly" tied to Maryland

Most of our readers have probably heard of “ecstasy,” the drug commonly used in dance clubs due to the euphoric highs it can create. What many people are unaware of, however, is that such drugs have a way of evolving and developing over time, either to avoid government regulations or to elicit even more potent reactions. Often, these “new and improved” versions are more hazardous than the drugs they replace.

Police are particularly concerned about an ecstasy variant known as “Molly.” Molly is a combination of cocaine and methamphetamine that has become more and more common in the United States in recent years. Police say the drug is getting into America via online channels — drug users purchase the pills from Chinese suppliers, who then mail the drugs into the U.S.

Police say the drug can induce meteoric highs, but after the effect wears off the user is struck by feelings of anxiety and depression.

As part of a plan to crack down on Molly use, federal investigators recently concluded an investigation that focused on 21 states known for their high consumption of the drug. Baltimore was a key target of their efforts. The investigation resulted in 54 arrests and the seizure of approximately 70 kilos of Molly.

Those 54 people, like all Americans who have been accused of drug crimes, now face serious consequences. Drug charges in this country are tied to very strict punishments, and even first-time offenders can be sentenced to years of imprisonment. Of course, this depends entirely upon the circumstances of the case and the evidence gathered — all of the accused are, as we all know, innocent until proven guilty.

WJZ-TV, “Dangerous Club Drug ‘Molly’ A Growing Concern In Md.” Linh Bui, Sep. 18, 2013

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