MDMA seized by METRICH

METRICH and federal authorities intercepted 111 grams of the suspected drug MDMA coming to Mansfield from Belgium.

MANSFIELD -- A parcel with approximately 111 grams (almost four ounces) of MDMA, a methamphetamine commonly known as ecstasy, was intercepted Thursday by federal and local authorities.

According to a press release from the METRICH Enforcement Unit, a Homeland Security (HSI) agent based in Cleveland notified local authorities on Aug. 16 that the drugs, which originated in Belgium, were destined for Mansfield.

According to the website, "MDMA is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). It is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception."

METRICH, HSI and U.S. Postal Inspectors, assisted by Mansfield police, conducted a controller delivery of the parcel to 231 W. Fifth St.

After the delivery, METRICH detectives conducted a search warrant and interviewed the three occupants of the residents. The residents were not taken into custody Thursday.

"The investigation into the source of the MDMA is still ongoing and charges will be forwarded to the Richland County Prosecutor's Office once the investigation is complete," the press release said.

METRICH Sgt. Steve Blust said collaboration between federal and local authorities "continues to have a positive impact in removing illegal drugs into the Mansfield, Richland County communities."

METRICH encourages citizens to be proactive by reporting suspected drug activity. Citizens can call the METRICH crime tip hotline at 419-52-CRIME or the task force line at 419-755-9278.

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