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Drug bust in Syracuse has the DEA warning of changing nature of the war on drugs

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Drug bust in Syracuse has the DEA warning of changing nature of the war on drugs
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After two years of investigating the sale 100 kilograms of the drug Molly, authorities say those responsible are behind bars. Our Katie Gibas tells us what Molly is and why it has law enforcement so concerned.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For law enforcement, drugs are like a virus, plaguing the city and constantly changing.

"It's like playing Russian Roulette, you have absolutely no idea what this is going to do to you," said James Burns, the DEA Special Agent in Charge.

Dr. Alexander Garrard, an Upstate Poison Center Clinical Toxicoogist, said, "There are new drugs being manufactured every day. There are new drugs that we probably not even aware of yet. And we only see these patients when things become an issue, when they have a bad effect from it. People don't come in because they're having a good time."

But now, the people authorities believe are responsible for infiltrating Central New York with the drug Molly are behind bars. After search warrants in April yielded 25 kilograms of Molly, 24 guns and over $100,000 in cash. Twenty people were finally indicted Tuesday for conspiracy to distribute an analogue controlled substance. Police say two of them, William Harper and Melissa Tiffany, used their art gallery as a front to store the drugs.

"It sends a message out there that the government at both the state and federal levels are looking at these analogue substances and the public needs to know that they're not legal, no matter what these thugs or crooks that are hocking it to them are saying," said Burns.

Molly is a synthetic amphetamine and a hallucinogenic that mimics the effects of cocaine and prolonged use can lead to seizures, brain damage and death.

"They could be in a coma. If their blood pressure goes too high, they could end up in a stroke. These are things that can lead to life-long morbidity and ultimately, unfortunately, mortality as well," said Garrard.

For now, Molly is a disease that's been forced into remission.

Many of the individuals will be in Federal court this Friday. More arrests are expected.

If you think someone you know is having a bad reaction to Molly or any other drug, you can call the poison control center 24-7 for free at 1-800-222-1222.

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