HARRISONBURG, Virginia – A pair of men from Winchester, Va., Pleaded guilty this week to possession and distribution of Eutylone, a schedule I controlled substance primarily used for its psychoactive and stimulant effects.
Eutylone first entered the illicit drug market in the United States in 2014, with reports of its abuse rising sharply since 2018. The Drug Enforcement Administration reports that Eutylone is falsely marketed by drug dealers as of MDMA (“Ecstasy” or “Molly”) and has been distributed under the street names “Red Bull” and “Blue Playboy”, among others.
Starting in January 2020, the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force made several controlled drug purchases from Gregory McKinley Frye, 54, and his nephew, Lamont Antoine Parson, 39 years. On February 6, 2020, the police obtained and executed a search warrant. at the Winchester, Va. apartment occupied by Frye and Parson and recovered over three kilograms of Eutylone, a 9mm pistol and a digital scale.
“Eutylone is particularly risky for users because it seems almost identical to other drugs like Ecstasy or Molly, but produces a weaker effect, causing people to take more and causing serious side effects such as tremors. , seizures or even death, “United States lawyer Christopher R. Kavanaugh said today. “The prosecution of these defendants serves to make Winchester a safer community by educating its citizens about the presence of this dangerous drug in their city.”
Frye pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute Eutylone and two counts of Eutylone distribution. He is due to be sentenced on March 31, 2022 and faces up to 20 years in prison. Parson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute Eutylon and to one count of possession with intent to distribute Eutylon. He is due to be sentenced on April 5, 2022 and faces up to 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force (consisting of Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Office of Page County, Shenandoah County The Sheriff’s Office, Luray Police Department, Front Royal Police Department, Strasbourg Police Department, Winchester Police Department and State Police Virginie) investigated the case.
US Assistant Prosecutor Ronald M. Huber is pursuing the case.