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New drug on Louisville's streets


By:  Jennifer Baileys -


Metro Police Detectives say a new, dangerous drug has made its way to the Louisville area.

"We had never heard of it before didn't know what it was," says Sergeant Joe O'Toole with the Louisville Metro Police Department's Sixth Division.

At first glance it looks like any generic pill containing white powder.

"You can take it orally some people actually use it anally," said O'Toole.

To local detectives it's the newest high to hit the streets in our area.

"It will cause severe hallucinations, depending on the person it could last anywhere from 6 to 10 hours," said O'Toole.

He and other Six Division Detectives first made contact with 2C-E when they arrested 22 year old Samuel Mingo at Oxmoor Center for selling the psychedelic drug to officers.

"It actually came from China, it was manufactured there and it was shipped here via mail," O'Toole said.

Detectives had no idea what the drug actually was, but tests revealed it was the unscheduled and legal drug 2C-E.  It's only illegal to bring into the US or sell on the streets.

"You could go from anywhere depending on how many you purchased $8 to $20 a pill," O'Toole said.

That's one reason teens and college students prefer 2C-E over LSD, because it's cheap.

"It's something that somebody makes up we don't know if it's a professional chemist that's making this drug up," said O'Toole.

Investigators say the manufacturers are not in the U-S.  A further investigation by detectives to find out how the drug landed in our area lead them to the Highlands home of 27 year old Sean Metivier.  Police consider him a main distributor in our area. He's accused of buying the drug from China and selling it on the streets in Louisville and elsewhere.

"It's more prevalent for some reason the UK campus around there, there seems to be a lot of use going on," O'Toole revealed.

The use of the drug leads to a world of unknown. Investigators say it's so new, there's no research to show the long-term side effects.

Federal regulators like the FDA have yet to approve its use in the US and the first criminal case to make history could even be the federal case pending in Louisville right now that Metro Police Detectives broke.

"It's very hard like I said how quickly drugs change sometimes we have a hard time keeping up with the different changes that are going on," O'Toole said.

Fox 41 discovered 2C-E is a scheduled drug in other countries, but it's unclear if and when restrictions will actually be placed on it in the U-S.


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