Drug sting nabs Ennis suspects
By 02/15/2007 00:00:00
ENNIS - The Ennis Police Department was approached by an informant who told them there was a way to purchase ecstasy.
In January, a sting was set up, using a video camera and audio equipment, to make three to four different purchases of ecstasy and LSD from the two suspects.
Ennis Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said, 'Our problem isn't any worse than any other city our size.'
According to Hopson, the first few purchases were for ecstasy and totaled about 50 tablets and the final purchase was for LSD liquid.
The street value was only about $3,100 for both drugs and the final deal was made Monday, Feb. 5.
George Russell Harrison Jr., 19, of Red Oak and Collin Evan McCombs, 17, of Midlothian were taken into custody and charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.
The sting was conducted at a location near one of the schools in Ennis, which made it a drug-free zone and increased the charges to first-degree felonies against the two suspects.
Harrison and McCombs are being held on $50,000 bonds each at the Ellis County jail in Waxahachie.
According to Clubdrugs-lsd.com, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is an extremely powerful drug causing distortions in thinking and feeling.
These distortions include hallucinations, during which a person sees, hears, smells or feels things not really existing.
A dose of only 100-200 millionth of a gram of LSD can produce a mental and emotional experience called a 'trip' lasting from 8-12 hours.
Ecstasy is among the drugs used by teens and young adults who are part of a nightclub, bar, rave or trance scene, according to the site.
Raves and trance events are generally night-long dances, often held in out-of-the-way spots or warehouses.
Many who attend these events do not use drugs, but those who do may be attracted to the generally low cost and to the intoxicating highs reported to deepen the experience.
Current science is showing changes to critical parts of the brain from use of these drugs.
Use of club drugs such as ecstasy can cause harm to health and in some, even death can occur.
Officials said those who become aware of drugs being sold should contact their local police department.
It could be done as a confidential informant, such as in this investigation.