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Invisibleveggie

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Largest Ecstacy Lab in VA Uncovered
    #3733940 - 02/05/05 04:53 AM (12 years, 18 days ago)

Ecstacy Lab uncovered in Blacksburg
February 03, 2005
collegiatetimes.com

Police say the lab, found in house on Clay Street is the largest in Virginia.

Police discovered the first ecstasy lab in Blacksburg Tuesday at 317 Clay St. Blacksburg Police, members of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the New River Drug Task Force and the Virginia State Police were all present in uncovering the ecstasy equipment, also known as an MDMA lab.

The (lab) we got yesterday was the largest one we've ever seen in the state of Virginia, said Laura DiCesare, public information officer for the Washington division of the DEA.

While the exact amount of drugs seized has not yet been released by the police, a police news release said, Equipment, chemicals and precursors consistent with the manufacturing of ecstasy were discovered.

Lt. Don Goodman of the Virginia Tech Police Department said at this point the police cannot say whether any other types of drugs or paraphernalia were uncovered.

No arrests or charges in connection with the lab equipment or owners of the house had been made at press time. Information about the residents of 317 Clay St. has not been released due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, Goodman said.

The investigation and removal of MDMA lab equipment lasted the majority of Tuesday afternoon, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and ending after dark, Goodman said.

We wouldn't leave anything at the residence, he said.

DiCesare said the lab equipment found did not include a pill-press to make the ecstasy pills. Instead, the manufacturers were emptying capsules of other medicines and filling them with MDMA.

Although a pill-press was not found, DiCesare said they did have very high-grade equipment.

They had very sophisticated, professional-grade glassware, she said. We are not going to (speculate) about where they got it from, but it was very sophisticated.

Goodman said MDMA and methamphetamine are similar in chemical makeup but different in composition.

These labs are dangerous simply because of the chemicals that are used to make the drugs, he said.

While both drugs are synthetically made, DiCesare said the main difference between the two is that ecstasy is more of a hallucinogen that is popular with the partying or club scene, while meth is a more addictive drug, like cocaine or heroin.

MDMA has two other components that meth doesn't, she said.

Goodman also said that while there have previously been methamphetamine labs in Montgomery County, the Town of Blacksburg has never encountered one.

According to the DEA website, there are a limited number of ecstasy labs in the United States. In 2001, only 17 were found.

DiCesare said in the last three to four years, since domestic production of MDMA has become popular, there have been a total of four in the state of Virginia.


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Re: Largest Ecstacy Lab in VA Uncovered [Re: veggie]
    #3734386 - 02/05/05 08:14 AM (12 years, 18 days ago)

The main difference between meth and E is that E is hallucinogenic?

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Re: Largest Ecstacy Lab in VA Uncovered [Re: veggie]
    #3734749 - 02/05/05 12:07 PM (12 years, 18 days ago)

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Although a pill-press was not found, DiCesare said they did have very high-grade equipment.

They had very sophisticated, professional-grade glassware, she said. We are not going to (speculate) about where they got it from, but it was very sophisticated.




They found some pyrex brand erlenmeyer flasks and a couple of burets. Who knows where they could've picked that shit up from, im not even going to guess!


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Re: Largest Ecstacy Lab in VA Uncovered [Re: veggie]
    #3736185 - 02/05/05 06:42 PM (12 years, 18 days ago)

the main difference between the two is that ecstasy is more of a hallucinogen that is popular with the partying or club scene, while meth is a more addictive drug, like cocaine or heroin.

I wonder if DEA employees are really this patently ignorant or if they make this shit up to further their disinformation and propaganda campaigns.  :thumbdown:


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Re: Largest Ecstacy Lab in VA Uncovered [Re: Diploid]
    #3743027 - 02/07/05 12:14 AM (12 years, 16 days ago)

adamist: No, MDMA isn't a hallucinogen. It is chemically similar but in my opinion the only effects they ahve in common is they are both stimulants. Meth gets you high, X releases the seratonin reserves in your brain and makes you feel good :smile: (I know this isn't exactly right, just keeping it simple)

If they were emptying capsules and filling them, they weren't making SHIT for X. You can buy 1000 empty caps for $15 online. Cops are fucking stupid. Had some shit like this happen near me, they fucked up the news too bad.

Meth labs and MDMA labs are COMPLETELY different. Most meth labs are just tweekers making their own. They use mason jars and tubing, not lab grade glassware. MDMA labs have to be lab grade everything and can't be half assed. MDMA labs are safer because they have to be ran under lab safety standards (unless you are stupid) and meth labs are just cheap set ups. I am not saying making X is safe, especially in a house, but it is "safer" than cooking meth in your kitchen.


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Re: Largest Ecstacy Lab in VA Uncovered [Re: Smushroom]
    #3744349 - 02/07/05 08:04 AM (12 years, 16 days ago)

Did you not see adamist rolling his eyes under the statement in question? I'm almost certain he is making fun of them for their great journalism.


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Re: Largest Ecstacy Lab in VA Uncovered [Re: derx]
    #3745501 - 02/07/05 03:10 PM (12 years, 16 days ago)

No didn't see that :p Nevermind then. I tend not to look at smileys.


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Re: Largest Ecstacy Lab in VA Uncovered [Re: veggie]
    #4188309 - 05/17/05 08:38 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Two men guilty in largest Ecstasy bust in VA history
May 17, 2005 - wsls.com

More than three months after federal agents raided a Blacksburg home, two men have pleaded guilty to running an Ecstasy lab in a residential neighborhood popular with Virginia Tech students.

Joshua Hancock, 24, of Tennessee and James Demma, 23, of Maryland, entered guilty pleas to charges relating to the manufacture and distribution of MDMA, also known as the club drug Ecstasy. It is the largest Ecstasy bust in Virginia history.

The DEA said that making MDMA is even more dangerous than making meth because it is a more complicated chemical process, where more can go wrong.

U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said that Hancock and Demma put themselves and everyone else in their neighborhood at risk because of the flammable chemicals used to make Ecstasy. One is an ingredient also found in Nascar fuel.

"These guys had it sitting around in their basement," said Brownlee. "There were beer cans, and party material. So, had someone come in there, flicked a cigarette the wrong way and ignited this fuel, you could have had a huge problem," he said.


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Re: Largest Ecstacy Lab in VA Uncovered [Re: veggie]
    #4925087 - 11/12/05 06:49 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

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U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said that Hancock and Demma put themselves and everyone else in their neighborhood at risk because of the flammable chemicals used to make Ecstasy. One is an ingredient also found in Nascar fuel.

"These guys had it sitting around in their basement," said Brownlee. "There were beer cans, and party material. So, had someone come in there, flicked a cigarette the wrong way and ignited this fuel, you could have had a huge problem," he said.




I suppose then the government should start making it for us, much safer.


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