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.

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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.

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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.

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