In recent years, an MDMA (ecstasy) derivative known as "Molly" has become popular in among clubgoers.
The drug comes in powder form, typically ingested through a capsule. It has the same euphoric effects of ecstasy.
Florida Statute section 893 makes it a felony to possess MDMA. Trafficking in MDMA is a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
The statute takes into account various chemical compositions of the drug.
With the upcoming Ultra Music Festival, law enforcement officers will be specifically targetting the sale, possession, and trafficking of MDMA and MDMA derivatives.
This likely means that undercover officers will be working the Ultra Music Festival.
Just like all trafficking offenses, mandatory minimum sentencing applies to trafficking in ecstasy. Even possession of 10 grams or more with intent to sell carries a three-year mandatory prison term.
Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney serving Miami-Dade and Broward.