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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    2 Palm Beach County men nabbed selling ecstasy to federal agents

    Two Palm Beach County men were tied to a "large-scale" drug-dealing ring that sold 1,795 ecstasy tablets to undercover agents in three months, federal authorities said.

    Owen Powell and Paul Smith, undocumented immigrants from an unspecified country, also agreed to sell 5,000 tablets for $25,000 on Friday, the day they were taken into federal custody, according to a sworn statement by Special Agent Eric Fowler of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    In October, Powell met with a DEA confidential informant at E.R. Bradley's Saloon on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach and sold the informant 48 tablets for $300. It was the first, and smallest, of five drug transactions monitored by investigators between October and January.

    On Friday, Powell and Smith agreed to meet the informant near the Palm Beach Yacht Club on Flagler Drive to exchange 5,000 pills for $25,000.

    Instead, authorities pulled over Powell's 2010 Hyundai and arrested the pair. Smith was carrying a Colt .45 handgun, Fowler said.

    Powell and Smith were taken into federal custody on drug-selling charges and a weapons charge, and they remained in custody today pending their next appearance in U.S. District Court.

    By Michael LaForgia
    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
    Posted: 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010



  1. Greenport
    It seems odd that someone sold '1,795' pills. Why not 1,800? What happened to those last 5?

    Idk ..just seems pretty weird.
  2. I<3Salvia

    Good point, swim's pretty suprised that he didn't notice that himself. Makes one think of all the possible ways those last 5 disappeared.... Plus did they even count them? Did they agree to buy 1800, or 1795? Maybe they agreed to buy 2,000 and they didn't know it was 1795 until after the bust. It could be pretty hard to tell a couple hundred pills missing when one's dealing with a big bag like that. If that's true, then maybe they're missing 205 pills... Makes one wonder...
  3. Rainbowzz
    That actually doesn't sound like a "large scale" operation to me - I've heard of MUCH larger operations than 2000 pills. And maybe they ate the other five?
  4. EyesOfTheWorld
    Perhaps a miscount? Easily done. Who wants to sit there and count out 1,800 pills? Although SWIM would were he the buyer, believe that.
    And yes, how exactly does 2000 pills qualify as a "Large Scale Ecstasy Operation: It sounds like it COULD be, to the uninformed reader/target of most of this kind of "journalism", but anyone whose beeen involeved with MDMA AT ALL would tell you that MIGHT be enough pills to supply a small (500 person or less) rave or concert.
    Those 2,000 pills will most likely be sold off in lots of 10, 20, 25, 50 ,100 ,200, 250, 500 and 1000 with a few single hits thrown in. Realistically not may people will be supplied. Large scale my dick.:thumbsdown:
  5. Rainbowzz
    My buddy SWIM can confirm that, she says that she's seen her other buddy sell off that many at one night in a club/before and after said club. SWIM herself has done 10 or more in a night(not saying thats a good idea!) so if you think 10pills X say, 10 people thats 100 pills right there. Factor in you get about say 3-400 people buying at the club.
  6. I<3Salvia

    Okay guys it may not be the biggest bust ever, however it is big in comparison to what most people go out and buy on a Saturday night before going out to party. "Large-scale" is a subjective way to describe things, and yes it may not be the most accurate, but how about everybody look at it this way... That's 400-500 people not getting extacy for a night, around a whole clubs worth.

    That's a lot of sad faces if you ask swim...
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