MOON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Fourteen alleged members of a drug ring operating out of the Moon Township area are facing federal drug-related charges stemming from a year-long investigation.
FBI Special Agent Michael Christman said that the ring, allegedly run by 29-year-old Neil Thomas of North Fayette, was distributing what was billed as ecstasy to college students.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Lawyers React To Derek Chauvin Being Found Guilty Of George Floyd's Murder
The drugs, which investigators say originated from Mexico, were being sold as the party drug “Molly,” a type of ecstasy.
However, Christman said it was really mostly methamphetamine, with a little ecstasy mixed in it.
“We had a group based out of Moon Township and they weren’t a conventional street gang; but what made it interesting is the fact that like many of our gang cases, they had an out-of-state source of supply,” Christman.READ MORE: Columbus Police Show Video Of Officer Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Girl
Christman told a Friday afternoon news conference, “It was tested at 90 percent purity for meth, and Mexico was its source, selling it as ecstasy, to create a market for meth.”
While we hear about a meth lab being busted occasionally, the problem in this area is not pervasive.
“Meth is a very addictive and devastating drug; and so far, we haven’t seen a large market for it in Western Pa.,” Christman added.MORE NEWS: Southwestern Pa. Police Officers React To Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict