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    New Designer Drug Turns Up In Green Country

    A new designer drug has made its way to Green Country

    A grand jury has filed charges against three people who had 5,000 BZP tablets. It's the first case the U.S. attorney's office here has seen.

    This is so new in Oklahoma, some of the drug agents The News On 6 talked with on Friday had never heard of it.

    BZP is Benzylpiperazine. On the streets, it's known as Legal E, Legal X, frenzy or Nemesis. It's a party drug and is legal in Canada and the UK, but highly illegal in the U.S.

    BZP is used by people in their teens or 20's to get that high, euphoric, invincible feeling. Some people report it gives them the energy to party all night long.

    In addition to the psychosis it can bring on, there's another unappealing side effect, which is why some drug agents don't think it will catch on here.

    "The interesting thing about it though, it also causes incontinence, so you could be out there on the dance floor and you're taking it and you're liable to wet your pants and become embarrassed," said David Hale, OK Bureau of Narcotics.

    The pills range from 20 to 100 milligrams and can sell for $2 a pill on the streets and come in a number of colors and many of them have stamps on them.

    One pill, clearly meant to appeal to younger users, has cartoon character Bart Simpson's face stamped on it.

    The ones confiscated in Green Country were blue and orange and have been sent to the lab in Dallas.

    BZP is similar in ways to the drug ecstasy and often mistaken for it.

    "They sell it as X all the time because they don't know any better. People who buy this stuff, unfortunately our youth, don't know what they're buying half the time anyway," said David Hale.

    Designer drugs are often created to get around drug laws and their sale exploded in the past 10 years, thanks to them being readily available on the internet.

    Cops say the problem is no one ever knows what has been put into a pill they might buy and take.

    The three people charged are from Oklahoma City, Chickasha and Michigan.

    BZP is a schedule one narcotic in Oklahoma, meaning there is no legitimate, pharmaceutical use for it, so if you're caught with it, you're busted.

    By Lori Fullbright, The News On 6



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    I am not *positive* this is linked to the above story- but seems probable

    Two sentenced in Tulsa for 'party drug' possession

    Two men were sentenced Wednesday in Tulsa to four years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing the party drug benzylpiperazine last December while intending to distribute it.

    The sentencings of Lewis Aaron Nixon III, 28, of Oklahoma City and Lorenzo Cottrell Marable, 25, of Oak Park, Mich., had been postponed while the court and attorneys analyzed how the drug, known as “BZP,” should be treated in fashioning a punishment for the two men.

    A recreational designer drug that has euphoric, stimulant properties, “BZP” is legal in Canada and is so novel in this country that it is not even specifically addressed by United States sentencing guidelines.

    U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell announced Wednesday that based on medical opinions that BZP is 10 times less potent than amphetamines, a guideline range of 57 to 71 months would be applied. Otherwise, the judge said a sentencing span of between 135 to 168 months would have been used.

    Nixon and Marable were pulled over Dec. 15 by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on the Will Rogers Turnpike in the Vinita area while traveling from Detroit to Oklahoma City in a rented 2009 Dodge Avenger.

    The vehicle contained more than 6,000 benzylpiperazine pills that were reportedly hidden in empty mouthwash bottles.

    This is the first BZP case to be brought in federal court in Tulsa and one of the few in the United States, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Raley.

    Both men pleaded guilty in February to possessing
    the drug while attempting to distribute it, although Marable claimed during Wednesday’s hearing that he has never actually dealt drugs.

    Marable apologized for the “headache” the case caused the court.

    Nixon said during his plea hearing that before being apprehended last December, he didn’t even know BZP was illegal in the United States. However, Frizzell pointed out then that Nixon need not have known of the drug’s illegality to be guilty of breaking the law.

    On Wednesday, Frizzell said the situation is a particularly “seductive trap” in a place like the Detroit area, where the drug is legal just across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario.

    Both men will be expected to pay $100 financial penalties and will be under court supervision for three years after their release from prison, Frizzell ruled.

    By DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
    Published: 9/8/2010 1:49 PM

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