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2 individuals accused of drug trafficking

A Florida man is fighting allegations from federal investigators that he and his business partner were involved in a massive drug trafficking scheme. Federal authorities say that, with the help of others, the two men imported hundreds of kilograms of the drug marketed as Molly to club goers in South Florida. The drug trafficking of Molly -- which is composed of methylone and ethylone, euphoric synthetic drugs -- was estimated to yield profits around $30,000 to $40,000 per kilo.

The authorities say that the two men, aged 30 and 37, opened a tattoo shop together in Fort Lauderdale, but investigators claim that the real money was derived from the two's illicit side business. According to documents from the investigation, between November 2011 and September 2012, the 30-year-old ordered around two to five kilos of Molly per week, in addition to steroids. One of his suppliers was said to be a chemical lab in Nanjing, China.

The two alleged drug traffickers usually had others do the money exchanges or direct dealing, investigators say. The 37-year-old allegedly frequently employed a string of past sex partners who would wire money to China as well as accept and then pick up the packages from overseas. The other man allegedly enlisted strippers who would sell Molly capsules at their clubs to their customers.

Although the younger man has already been convicted, his alleged business partner has not. He will remain innocent in the eyes of the law until and unless he is proved guilty in a U.S. District Court in Florida. Currently, these federal drug trafficking charges, though serious, are nonetheless nothing more than allegations. However, when individuals in Florida fight federal drug trafficking charges of this magnitude, they typically consult with a criminal defense attorney experienced in handling federal charges, who can assist them in presenting the strongest criminal defense possible.

Source: kansascity.com, "Spat with porn star leads to trial for Miami molly ring", David Ovalle and Jay Weaverdovalle, Nov. 23, 2015

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