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02/12/03 - Longview

Ecstasy Drug Bust in Longview

DEA agents arrested 4 men at a Longview apartment section who allegedly were running an ecstasy trafficking ring. In what investigators are saying is a comeback for what was once known as the love drug. Ecstasy is kin to methamphetamine. It's a stimulant with a hallucinogen tacked into it. 4 Gregg county men, Joshua Stevens, Daniel Hall, Robert Smith and Joshua Bolton were charged with possession of a controlled substance. Ecstasy is a pill that can be either meth based, or heroine based, and is almost always stamped with some kind of artistic image. And drug counselors in East Texas say it has become the alarming favorite among young people, and have found junior high students as young as 10 and 11 taking it. Produced mostly in Europe, it's an expensive drug, costing anywhere from 15 to 30 dollars a pill. Investigators say its most often found at "raves", or parties set up by young people at clubs and meeting places. And it can cause brain damage or death on the first use. And there are warning signs to indicate a child may be on this drug such as rapid weight loss, baggy clothes, dehydration, and grinding of the teeth. Law enforcement and counselors hope  the drug can be stopped before it costs someone their life.
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