DEA Busts Quaalude Smuggling Ring in California

By EscapeDummy · Apr 8, 2010 · Updated Apr 8, 2010 · ·
  1. EscapeDummy
    DEA says trio made quaaludes at Emeryville lab
    EMERYVILLE -- Three officials at an Emeryville laboratory are among 22 suspects charged by federal prosecutors in a nationwide quaalude-trafficking ring, authorities said today.

    Dennis Patrick Fairley, a chemist, is accused of making quaalude pills at CalCoast Labs in Emeryville before distributing them in Manhattan and on Long Island, N.Y., according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Fairley, 65, of New York, was the head of a ring that distributed more than 100,000 pills worth more than $3.5 million, the DEA said. Among those assisting him in the operation was his brother, Thomas Fairley, 50, of Modesto, and Kevin Yan, 54, of San Ramon, authorities said.

    The three men are among 22 arrested and charged as a result of a three-year investigation dubbed "Operation Lude Behavior," the DEA said. Quaaludes, or methaqualone, is used illegally as a recreational hypnotic drug.

    A raid of the Emeryville lab on Watts Street Wednesday yielded two kilograms of unfinished powder, one kilogram of finished powder and a pill press, authorities said.

    The company's Web site says it is a "full service, independent materials testing laboratory" that performs drug analysis. It also notes that it is certified by the DEA.

    Dennis Fairley is listed on the Web site as president and lab director. Thomas Fairley is identified as paint chemist and product paint development section leader. Yan is described as senior scientist.

    "Dennis Patrick Fairley's alleged drug racket stretched literally from California to (New York). Instead of applying his training as a chemist to advance science, he allegedly used it to concoct dangerous poisons and advance his personal wealth," Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.

    Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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  1. chillinwill
  2. Piglet
    Interesting. Although the precursors are supposed to be watched, it has been so long since the stuff turned up on the street that I bet nobody was REALLY checking. The name 'Operation Lude Behavior' really is classic. I bet it took them weeks to think of it...
  3. HabitualCriminal
    This is very interesting, the fact there has been 2 raids regarding this substance recently. Does this mean there is people out there who are aware of demand for the product?

    Does anyone know of any busts or raids that may have taken place in the UK? Swim has never tried mandrax but from what they heard it sounds right up swims street!
  4. fastsupra
    New York large scale Quaalude bust

    Feds Bust 22 in Bi-Coastal Quaalude Ring

    By Hasani Gittens

    | Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 | Updated 5:02 PM EDT

    The owner of a Park Ridge Sav-A-Lot store allegedly sold illegally prescription drugs, say police.
    The Feds must have hopped into their Hot Tub Time Machine to make these arrests.
    The Manhattan U.S. District Attorney on Wednesday announced the unsealing of a complaint charging 22 people with the manufacture and distribution of the popular 1970s and 80's drug Quaaludes.
    As a result of "Operation Lude Behavior," suspects were busted in Manhattan, Long Island and California. Authorities said that since 2008 the ring manufactured and distributed more than 100,000 Quaalude pills -- allegedly worth over $3.5 million.
    Feds seized over a $1 million in bank accounts, as well as a $1.4 million apartment on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Prosecutors have also filed civil actions against a laboratory in Brooklyn. They also seized five luxury cars, including a Lexus ES 300, a BMW 335I convertible, a Mercedes Benz SL500, a Benz ML350, and a Benz C300.

    Authorities said the ring was led by Denis Patrick Fairly, 65, a chemist by
    "Instead of applying his training as a chemist to advance science, he allegedly used it to concoct dangerous poisons and advance his personal wealth," said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

    "Today's coast-to-coast takedown ends Fairley's toxic experiment and nips in the bud any apparent re-emergence of Quaaludes in our communities," Bharara said. "By seizing both their drugs and their assets, and working closely with our partners at the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, the DEA, and the Nassau County Police Department, we have ensured that Fairley and his crew will not enjoy the ill-gotten gains from their trafficking crimes."
  5. fastsupra
    Re: New York large scale Quaalude bust

    I know that this article is from last year, I just though it may be relevant with the absence of Quaaludes for such a long time. The original article can be found at this location as I am still trying to understand and figure out the proper way to post this information.
  6. Mick Mouse
    Re: New York large scale Quaalude bust

    Good post, it ties in well with different threads here today. Good effort and good job from a newbie! The US stopped legal manufacture of Quaaludes in 1982, but underground chemists in Mexico kept it going until the early 1990's It kind of just disappeared after that. Strange that someone would try to re-introduce it aftter all these years, when there are better things out there. As I said in a different post, people are playing on the legend!
  7. stevenldavis
    Re: New York large scale Quaalude bust

    the actual pull date for all quaalude of store sheves was 7/25/1985
  8. sveedish
    Re: New York large scale Quaalude bust

    My friends gerbil always wanted to try quaaludes but was born after they pulled them from the shelves. That's really bizarre that people would still make seems like chemists who are talented enough to make quaaludes could make better chemicals that they could sell at a better price. Then again, maybe not - $3.5 million for 100,000 pills?! I know the police's estimation of the street value is often way too high but that would make each pill worth 35 bucks! Maybe its a novelty thing. :laugh:
  9. fastsupra
    Re: New York large scale Quaalude bust

    I can tell you that the bust was in my local area and there were about 40 people named in the indictment. They were mostly listed on the north Shore of Long Island which is a very wealthy area and they were all over 50 years old. I don't think anything happened with the bust, I think the case was dropped or something like that. When you have people that are that age, living in those neighborhoods, you know this ring was connected in may ways to powerful people.

    I know a lot of people that have heard that these Quaaludes are somewhat readily available in NY again so i guess the market is still there and being supplied. I think a lot of those people, who missed the Quaalude era, are going to to them. I will make sure they tell me how it was and I will, in turn, share it here one day.
  10. veritas.socal
    Re: New York large scale Quaalude bust

    i thought it was seven fourteen, 714, that they were called, from the roher714 and lemon714 ludes...i dont know, never done them.

    and 3.5 mil for 100000 tabs? 35 bucks apiece? duh, as usual, they overinflate prices. when i was charged, their "estimated value" was 10X what it really was.
  11. Mick Mouse
    Re: New York large scale Quaalude bust

    Hmm...the wiki says 1982 for the US, with it being made a schedule 1 drug in 1984. Where does your date come from?
  12. shroooom
    Re: New York large scale Quaalude bust

    Also known as Mandrax or Mandies, it was a popular drug with Pink Floyd's original singer-songwriter Syd Barrett!
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