BIGGEST Ecstasy bust in New Jersey history 225,000 Pills

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Federal agents today announced the biggest Ecstasy bust in the state's history after seizing 122 pounds of pills along with other drugs, cash, knives and guns from apartments in Hudson, Bergen and Somerset counties.

Five men who authorities say are part of a dangerous international drug ring have been charged with drug distribution, money laundering and weapons charges.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said the roughly 225,000 Ecstasy pills had a street value of $5.5 million. The drugs were smuggled in from Canada, authorities said, to be sold in New Jersey and beyond.

"That much Ecstasy could supply New Jersey for a long time," said Kenneth McCreary, acting special agent in charge of the DEA in the state.
 

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Feds seize $5.5M worth of Ecstasy in record N.J. bust
Friday, November 09, 2007

Federal agents yesterday said they made the biggest Ecstasy bust in the state's history after seizing 122 pounds of the pills from an international ring using apartments in Somerset, Hudson and Bergen counties.

Five men have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess a controlled substance, money laundering and weapons offenses. Authorities said they confiscated marijuana, $120,000 and assault weapons.

Fouad Hanna, a 48-year-old Lebanese national and the alleged ringleader, faces a detention hearing in federal district court in Newark next week.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents said the estimated 225,000 Ecstasy pills they seized had a street value of $5.5 million. The drugs were smuggled from Canada, authorities said, to be sold in New Jersey and beyond.

"That much Ecstasy could supply New Jersey for a long time," said Kenneth McCreary, acting special agent in charge of the DEA in the state.

McCreary said the investigation, which began several weeks ago and included help from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and other local law enforcement agencies, is continuing. He declined to reveal what sparked agents' interest in the group.

A North Plainfield apartment allegedly used by the ring was under surveillance by law enforcement authorities last Friday, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

After watching a person leave the apartment and drive away in a Toyota Camry, authorities pulled the vehicle over. A search of the trunk turned up a duffel bag with 12 pounds of marijuana, the complaint said.

That night and over the next several days, authorities searched the North Plainfield apartment and other apartments the ring allegedly used in Hackensack, Union City and West New York, officials said.

In addition to the Ecstasy, they seized 150 pounds of marijuana, an AK-47 and AK-15 assault rifle, an Uzi assault pistol, a .50-caliber handgun, two semi-automatic handguns, eight swords, knives and the cash.

"There was heavy duty weaponry there," said McCreary. "They were something to be reckoned with."

All five of the defendants faced bail hearings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk yesterday.

The judge ordered Hanna and Michael Rodrigues, 27, of North Plainfield held pending a detention hearing next week.

Abdel Kanan, 42, of West New York and Hanna Abdulkarim, 39, of Palisades Park were released on a $300,000 bond each. The fifth defendant, Charles Helou, 42, of Brooklyn, was released on a $500,000 bond.
 

dodisman

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that's gonna make a lot of glow sticks unhappy
 

Jolie

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If they need help getting rid of it, I'll volunteer.