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Crackdown on drug 'molly' includes NY arrests

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Federal authorities say they've infiltrated an international synthetic drug trafficking ring and made 54 arrests, including eight in western New York.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul says Monday that the group dealt in the stimulant methylone, commonly known as "molly."

The New York arrests were in Rochester. The defendants range in age from 18 to 28 and are charged with conspiracy to import and distribute a controlled substance.

Hochul says the group was supplied by a source in China. Arrests were made in 20 other states as part of an investigation that also yielded more than 70 kilograms of methylone, $50,000 in cash and several guns.

Experts say methylone is an increasingly popular club drug that's similar to ecstacy.

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