Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration John P. Gilbride along with US Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced that 20 people have been charged with conspiracy to distribute an analogue controlled substance called “Molly.” Based in central New York, the conspiratorial drug trafficking ring had co-conspirators in Florida, California, Virginia, Texas, and other states.
The 20 Conspirators
Seven women and nine men between the ages of 27 to 52 were arrested. The remaining four indicted in the case remain at large and are considered fugitives: Vincent Cizenski, Matthew Mieszkowski, Jr., Arafat Wahdan and Stephen Marshall. The Central New York Fugitive Task Force asks anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these four individuals to contact them at (315) 473-7625. Any information will remain confidential.
Those who are convicted could face a prison term of as many as 20 years as well as a $1 million fine in addition to three years of parole after being released from prison.
The investigation reportedly began back in the Spring of 2009. Multiple departments and organizations worked together on the investigation, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Syracuse Resident Office of the DEA, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York, the Syracuse Police Department, the New York State Police, and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office.
It was discovered through two wiretaps of the defendants’ phones that their trafficking organization had distributed more than 100 kilograms of “Molly” between March of 2010 and April of 2011. Manufactured in China, their supply of “Molly” was shipped to Syracuse where it was then distributed to other cities in the US.
The investigation resulted in the confiscation of about 25 kilograms of “Molly” valued at more than half a million dollars, about $100,000, four cars, a boat, drug paraphernalia, and 24 guns.
“Molly” is the slang term for 4-Methylmethcathinone (4-MMC) and 4-Methyl-N-Ethylcathinone (4-MEC). Both substances are controlled analogues of methcathinone, a Schedule I drug that is highly restricted.
Says DEA Special Agent John P. Gilbride: “Synthetic drugs such as ‘Molly’ are extremely dangerous and pose a significant health risk to those who abuse this substance. DEA and our law enforcement partners will continue to investigate any and all drug trafficking organizations that place lives at risk by selling these dangerous substances .”