Ecstasy Facts

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News, facts and statistics about ecstasy abuse and the trafficking of ecstasy. Data about the drug is collected from public criminal justice information released by security agencies, public health programs and drug treatment centers.

The self proclaimed top drug dealer on the online black market website Silk Road plead guilty in US federal court in May 2014.

Connelis Ja Slomp, aka “SuperTrips”, is a 23 year old man from the Netherlands made over $3 Million in revenue from selling drugs on Silk Road.

According to court documents, the man was equipped with only a laptop, iPhone and a backpack when conducting his international drug ring.  The man shipped 104 kilograms of MDMA, 566,000 ecstasy pills, four kilos of cocaine and other drugs through the mail to customers who bought his product on the website.

He was arrested when he came to the United States in order to party in South Beach. He had already rented a Lamborghini when he was arrested at the airport.

After being arrested, he forfeited $3,030,000 that he earned from drug proceeds that wee in bitcoins, which the United States Government converted to cash.

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Source:  Kim Janssen, “World’s most prolific online drug dealer pleads guilty in Chicago,” Chicago Sun Times, May 8, 2014.

According to a former heroin abuser in Ireland, the following information is the street prices of illegal drugs available for sale on the black market of Ireland.

Cocaine:  High quality cocaine sold for €100 ($138) per gram.

Ecstasy: €5 ($6.93) per tablet, or 10 ecstasy tablets for €40 ($55).

Heroin: A bag of heroin that is filled with 0.3 grams of heroin is sold for €20 ($27). The price to buy 2 grams of heroin is €100 ($138).

Marijuana: Poor quality cannabis resin is reportedly sold in 7 gram batches, which is available for purchase for €25 ($34). Marijuana weed is sold in 6 gram units, which goes for €100 ($138).

Prescription drugs: 2 milligrams Xanax bars sold for €3.50 ($4.85) for each tablet.

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Source:  User submitted data, received on April 1, 2014.

In a media report in Asia, drug abusers from Singapore stated that they regularly travel to Malaysia in order to obtain drugs such as ecstasy and to party in Malaysian clubs.

According to one Singaporean who was at a club in Malaysia, the price for one ecstasy pill cost $2.38 (3 Singaporean Dollars). By comparison, a single ecstasy pill sold in Singapore would cost up to 10 times as much.

Another former addict who spoke to the press stated that up to 70 percent of the people he met at drug parties in Malaysia were from Singapore.

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Source:  “More Singaporeans go abroad for drug fix,” The Star Online, April 7, 2014.

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According to criminal justice programs in India, sales of illegal drugs in Goa, India is worth $950 Million a year.

The types of drugs sold in the Western state includes all major drugs such as cocaine, ecstasyheroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.

Drug trafficking in the popular tourist areas were previously controlled by organized crime gangs with members from Britain, Israel, Russia, as well as domestic Indian gangs.

Since 2009, security intelligence and arrests have shown that there have been an increase in trafficking gangs from Nigeria. Between 2010 and 2013, police in Goa arrested 189 Nigerians for crimes such as drug trafficking or lacking proper visas and travel documents. Roughly 40 percent of all foreigners arrested for trafficking illegal drugs in Goa was from Nigeria.

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Source:  Rama Lakshmi, “Tourism crisis on India’s ‘cocaine coast’,” Toronto Star, February 15, 2014.

According to the director of a criminal justice program operating in the country, around 30 percent of students in Bulgaria have used some type of illegal drugs in their lifetimes.

The most used drugs by students in the country were amphetamines, ecstasy and cocaine.

The drug use by students was concentrated in the bigger cities of Bulgaria, where the illegal drug trade was more developed.

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Source:  “30% of Bulgarian pupils have taken some type of drugs: expert,” Focus News Agency, January 24, 2014.

Security services across Costa Rica saw an increase in the number of illegal drugs seized across the country.

43 tons of cocaine was seized by law enforcement in 2013, an increase from the 15.6 tons of cocaine seized in 2012.

Ecstasy also saw an increase, with a total of 11,300 doses of ecstasy seized from the black market. 293 ecstasy tablets were seized the year before.

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Researchers have also found that the use of marijuana has increased in Costa Rica. Between 2006 and 2012, the use of marijuana by residents in Costa Rica increased by 260 percent and is the most used illicit drug in the country. A popular form of marijuana in Costa Rica is the High Red Jamaican marijuana.

Source:  Ezra Fieser, “United Nations: Costa Rica is fighting organ and narco-trafficking,” Infosurhoy, December 24, 2013.

In 2011, there were 10,176 emergency room visits by Americans under the age of 21 related to taking ecstasy.

The number of ER admissions  for ecstasy was 128 percent higher than the 4,460 visits recorded in 2005, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Survey.

Counting all illegal drugs, there were 1.2 million ER visits linked to illegal drugs in 2011.

Source:  Michelle Castillo, “Ecstasy-related emergency department visits up 128 percent for people under 21,” CBS News, December 3, 2013.

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), most Molly that is used or sold does not contain ecstasy, as is commonly believed.

In New York State, out of all Molly capsules and powder seized in the state over 4 years, only 13 percent contained MDMA.

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Source:  Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, and Patricia DiCarlo, “9 things everyone should know about the drug Molly,” CNN, November 23, 2013.

There are an estimated 300,000 people in Costa Rica between the ages of 13 to 35 who consume synthetic drugs such as ecstasy. 2 percent of students stated that they have tried ecstasy at least once in their life.

According to officials, a single ecstasy pill costs between $11 to $19 on the black market, while the UN reports that the price is $25 per tablet.  In comparison, a single hit of crack cocaine costs $1 in Costa Rica.

In the first 10 months of 2013, security services seized 11,300 doses of ecstasy in the country. 11,109 pills were seized in one campaign where the pills were being trafficked from Germany and the Netherlands.

In all of 2012, there was a total of 293 doses seized.

Source:  Mario Garita, “Cost Rica: Ecstasy use on the rise among children,” Infosurhoy, November 15, 2013.

Criminal justice programs in Colombia reported that 786 criminal gangs were broken up within the country in 2012. In addition to the actions against the organized crime groups, police and security services captured 242 drug traffickers and extradited 192 traffickers to foreign nations.

40 drug trafficking networks were also dismantled by police.

Police also reported on actions targeting microtrafficking, or street level drug dealing. Through their operations, government security agents seized 99,184 kilograms of cocaine, 132,182 tablets of synthetic drugs such as ecstasy, and 292,220 kilograms of marijuana.

2,038 people who involved in kidnapping and ransom incidents were also arrested in 2012.

Source:  James Bargent, “Colombia Police Dismantle 100s of Gangs in 2012,” Insight Crime, June 21, 2013.