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Hillsboro man held on charges of dealing club drugs
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Hillsboro man held on charges of dealing club drugs

By ANDREW WOLFE, Telegraph Staff

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005

CONCORD - A Hillsboro man is charged with dealing designer or club drugs seldom seen in New Hampshire, federal court records show.

Leon Griffin III of 23 W. Mill St. was arrested last week, and is being held pending a bail hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court, court records show.

Griffin is accused of possession and sale of ?2C-I? and ?2C-T-2,? shorthand for the chemicals 2,5-Dimethoxy-4-Iodo-Beta-Phenethylamine and 2,5-Di-methoxy-4-Ethylthio-Beta-Phe-nethylamine.

Griffin is accused of selling hundreds of pills at his home to an informant and undercover detectives on several occasions from September through December. Lab tests later confirmed that the drugs were, in fact, what Griffin purported them to be, investigators charge.

The drugs gained popularity in European club drug circles in recent years, and although they are illegal in the United States and Europe, various Web sites purport to sell both drugs openly.

The two drugs belong to a wide class of drugs related to Ecstasy (MDMA), and are considered to be both stimulant and hallucinogenic, according to various Web sites devoted to the drugs. California chemist Alexander Shulgin invented both drugs, and more than 100 other, similar compounds, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (www.dea.gov) and other Web sites.

The prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Laplante, said he hasn?t heard any other instances of either drug showing up in the state, but added that he hasn?t asked around about it, either.

?It?s certainly not a controlled substance that we?ve been dealing with much,? Laplante said.

Griffin was arrested following an investigation by the New Hampshire Attorney General?s Drug Task Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, according to an affidavit written by DEA Special Agent Michael Connolly.

An informant working with investigators bought 100 2C-I pills from Griffin at his home in September, paying $740 for the drugs, Connolly wrote.

The informant later introduced an undercover detective to Griffin, and Griffin sold the detective 10 of each type of pill in November, charging $300 for the 20 pills, Connolly wrote.

The same detective bought 60 pills of each drug later that month, paying $1,000 for the 120 pills, and then paid $1,500 for 140 pills on Dec. 9, Connolly wrote.

Police searched Griffin?s house later that same day, and found 40 more 2C-I pills and 90 2C-T-2 pills, as well as 110 grams of 2C-T-2 powder and one gram of 2C-I powder, Connolly wrote.

Connolly?s affidavit doesn?t specify how many milligrams each pill contained. Web sites devoted to drug use indicate that users typically take from five to 20 mg of the drug at once.

Police also found and seized the $1,500 cash they had used for the earlier purchase.

Laplante declined to comment on where Griffin might have been getting the drugs. Connolly?s affidavit makes no mention of any manufacturing equipment being found in Griffin?s home.

Laplante also declined to comment on whether investigators expect any further arrests in the case.

Reputable information on 2C-I or 2C-T-2 is scant. Because the drugs are relatively new, there have been no studies on toxicity or their effects.

Mainstream government Web sites devoted to drugs and drug abuse make no mention of either drug, and even the Drug Enforcement Administration?s site includes only a few mentions of either drug in the agency?s electronic newsletter, Microgram Bulletin.

Nashua Police Lt. Ronald Dickerson, head of the department?s drug unit, said he hasn?t heard of either drug turning up in Nashua. Dickerson noted that club drugs in general haven?t been widely popular in Nashua since the city clamped down on dance party venues.

?We haven?t come across it yet,? Dickerson said. ?If it?s come into New Hampshire, I guess we?ll run across it eventually.?

Shulgin was profiled in last Sunday?s New York Times Magazine, and the article can be found at http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/shulgin/adsarchive/shulgin-nytmag.htm.


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