Across the country, “Molly” is making headlines.
She's in all the hottest nightclubs, raves and entertainment venues, but she's also been known to frequent college dorms and even high school campuses.
A celebrity among the younger crowd, “Molly” is not a person, but a drug, marketed as pure MDMA, or ecstasy. It's been the source of hundreds of overdoses across the country over the summer, with two fatal incidents resulting in the shut-down of huge electronic music festivals in both New York and Boston.
Our Alabama drug crime defense lawyers know that the drug is now high on authorities' priority list, and not just in large cities.
Earlier this year, detectives in Decatur, AL led a multi-county effort to target two allegedly high-ranking narcotics dealers who were trafficking in ecstasy throughout the state. When they pair were arrested, they were reportedly traveling from Decatur to Athens with ecstasy, cocaine, “Spice” (synthetic marijuana), prescription medications and several handguns. Each was charged with possession of controlled substance, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. It's expected that drug trafficking charges are likely to follow as well, pending further investigation as to the origins and intentions for the drugs.
Also earlier this year, dozens of University of Alabama students were arrested in Tuscaloosa, following an investigation by the Alabama Narcotics Task Force. Many of those implicated faced charges for both possession and sale of ecstasy.
Non-profit group Friends of NarcAnon report that ecstasy is the No. 1 “club drug” of choice in Alabama, with sources primarily originating from Miami, Germany, Nashville, Atlanta and Auburn. Over the last couple years, ecstasy overdoses have been reported in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, Decatur, Auburn and Dothan.
The U.S. Justice Department has classified ecstasy (also known as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) as a Schedule I narcotic. This means that there is currently no accepted medical use and there is a high risk of abuse. It is considered the most dangerous class of drug and, as such, is severely punished by standards of the law.
Although the exact punishment for sale of ecstasy is going to depend on the amount recovered by investigators, the legal threshold for trafficking as opposed to possession is a minimum of 28 grams. While the science isn't exact, as ecstasy pills (also known as rolls) can be of all different sizes and contain various concentrations of the drug, generally we'd be talking about 100 or so 250-milligram pills.
Punishments can range from a minimum of three years to life without parole. If you are in possession of a firearm at the time of your alleged offense, you could be facing an additional five years. If you have any prior felonies that would qualify you as a habitual felony offender, you could be looking at a minimum 15 years and a maximum of life.
Bear in mind that a minimum mandatory is one that can't be suspended, deferred, withheld or even reduced for good behavior.
If the state determines that you were serving in a managerial role with a group of at least five other drug traffickers, you could also be charged with involvement in a drug trafficking enterprise, which carries a maximum 25 years to life in prison.
Although U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced his intentions for federal prosecutors to ease their stance for first-time, non-violent drug offenders, his directive isn't applicable to state prosecutors. So far, state prosecutors in Alabama have voiced no intentions of easing up on drug offenders.
If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Birmingham, contact Defense Attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.
Party Drug ‘Molly' in Spotlight After Recent Alleged Overdoses, Arrests, Sept. 3, 2013, By Nate Boroyan, Bostinno.streetwise.co