In February 2019, Donald Fazenbaker, age 48, of Mesick, Michigan got caught using the dark web to order ecstasy from the Netherlands to sell in Michigan.
Because the drugs never made it into his possession, he was charged with Conspiracy to Deliver Ecstasy and Attempted Possession of Ecstasy.
Fifty-one tables, or 23 grams, of ecstasy were seized at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. All were traced back to Fazenbaker, who had had prior run-ins with the law over shipments of ecstasy.
If he had been found with the drug in his possession, he might have spent the rest of his life in prison.
A joint task force made up of Homeland Security, the Traverse Narcotics Team, and Michigan State Police was responsible for apprehending Fazenbaker.
Investigations like this will continue to be conducted on packages entering the United States to prevent this dangerous activity.
Dangers of Ecstasy
What many “E” or “X” users don’t know is how this drug is made. It’s true that it was developed by Merck and known as MDMA. However, it doesn’t survive in its original form today.
Once used by the US Army in 1953 and as a psychotherapy drug in the 1960s, ecstasy became a party drug by 1970. It was banned due to its harmful effects in 1985.
The ecstasy you may buy today might contain very little or no MDMA, however. It’s more likely to contain LSD, caffeine, cocaine, heroin, meth, rat poison, or dog deworming medication.
Most times, it contains a combination of some of these drugs. Ecstasy is severely dangerous because you never know what you’re going to get or how these drugs affect each other.
You may get two completely different substances in two pills marked with the same logo.
Additionally, liquid ecstasy is actually GHB – a nervous system depressant that can be found in drain cleaner.
Michigan Penalties for Ecstasy Possession with Intent to Deliver
These are the reasons ecstasy is classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the state of Michigan. It has no accepted medical use.
The penalties for using, possessing, or distributing ecstasy are severe. Michigan law enforcement takes these crimes very seriously.
The use of ecstasy is a misdemeanor. However, it may land you in jail for a year and require you to pay fines of up to $2,000 if you are convicted.
Ecstasy possession raises that charge to a felony and puts you at risk to spend ten years in prison and pay fines up to $15,000.
Michigan penalties for possession of ecstasy with intent to deliver are exceptionally harsh. You could face 20 years in prison and be subject to $25,000 worth of fines.
If you are caught with any amount of ecstasy, law enforcement agencies can and will attempt to charge you with the most severe form of ecstasy charge possible.
If your charges include the intent to deliver ecstasy to a minor, near a school, business, park or church, or if you have previous drug convictions, your sentence will likely be enhanced. This means the jail sentences will be longer, and the fines will be more considerable.
Get Help Today from an Experienced Criminal Attorney
No matter what stage your Ecstasy case is in right now, it can benefit from the expert advice and legal assistance of an experienced criminal attorney.
Don’t let the criminal justice system attach the most severe penalties to your case and ruin your life.
Call my office today for your free consultation. I will spend time with you to get all the details of your story, as well as any mistakes law enforcement may have made during your investigation.
I will work for you tirelessly to get optimum results. If you are falsely accused of possession of ecstasy, I will work for an acquittal.
If you did possess ecstasy, I will work to procure a fair sentence.
In the event this is your first drug-related charge, I will work to have your case heard in a drug court. In addition, I will recommend drug counseling and probation rather than a jail or prison sentence.
Experienced Drug Crimes Attorney in Michigan
Ecstasy is a dangerous drug. Michigan law enforcement is cracking down on every illegal substance in the state.
If you are or someone you love is facing ecstasy possession with intent to deliver charges, call my office today.