Zachary Farr (left) Matthew Townley (center) Robert McKuhen (right)
SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -
Three men are facing charges for trying to ship a dangerous drug by mail.
They tried to be sneaky by sending thousands of doses of the party drug “molly” to an address in Sarasota, which is hundreds of miles from where they live.
"The border patrol doing their job intercepted a package coming from China and they realized it was half a kilo of what's determined to be Molly or MDMA,” said Sarasota Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Wendy Rose.
“Molly” is a dangerous drug. Officials say it's a stimulant that can interfere with the body's ability to regulate its temperature, causing heart problems, kidney problems and possibly even death.
“It can raise your body temperature, and if you’re under the influence or high- you’re dancing, you’re at a party, you’re not realizing that you’re going into hyperthermia,” said Rose. “Then you can have serious organ damage as well.”
Half a kilo is quite a lot.
"That's a lot, that's 500 grams, about 4 to 5 thousand doses,” said Rose.
The package was addressed to an apartment off Twin Drive in Sarasota, so Sarasota deputies teamed up with the U.S. Postal Inspection service.
A postal agent posed as a mail man and delivered the package to a woman. Officials say she volunteered to sign for the package for three acquaintances that were waiting in a car outside.
The three men were promptly arrested: Zachary Farr, Matthew Townley and Robert McKuhen.
Investigators say McKuhen and Townley drove down from the Florida panhandle and had asked their friend, Zachary Farr, to arrange a delivery address.
"Doing certain friends a favor could also get you in trouble,” warned Rose.
The three men face felony charges. All three already have criminal records.
Detectives say the woman who lived at the apartment will not be punished. Apparently, she didn't know what was in the package.
Rose said the men told deputies they were going to bring the drugs back to the Fort Walton Beach area.