Police charge two in attempt to buy hundreds of Ecstasy pills

July 14, 2000|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Howard County police arrested two Ellicott City men Wednesday night on charges of attempting to purchase several hundred Ecstasy pills.

Police said Charles Chan Kim, 18, of Pine Orchard Lane, and In Chul Kim, 19, of Cragsmoor Road were arrested about 9 p.m. in the 10000 block of the Baltimore National Parkway after they tried to buy the pills from an undercover officer.

The pills the men are accused of attempting to purchase would have had a street value of about $5,200, police said.

The drug involved was MDMA, or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a variety of the hallucinogenic drug known as Ecstasy.

Sgt. John Superson, Howard police spokesman, said Wednesday night's operation was the first of its kind targeting Ecstasy in Howard County.

Police call the operation a reversal, which means that someone approaches an officer posing as a drug dealer and makes a deal to buy drugs.

Police have used the technique before to arrest people for purchasing drugs such as cocaine and marijuana.

Lt. Greg Marshall, who supervised the Wednesday operation, said Howard County police are seeing more Ecstasy in the area. The drug appeared in Howard County a few years ago at rave parties, he said, and it re-emerged this year.

In April, Howard County police said, a Columbia man was arrested on charges of possession of more than 1,000 Ecstasy pills, which had a street value of about $29,100, at an apartment on Stevens Forest Road.

Wednesday night's operation resulted from an investigation of several individuals in the area. One of those people, Marshall said, approached an officer and contracted to buy between 650 and 750 MDMA pills from him.

In Chul Kim was charged with possession of MDMA with intent to distribute, and Charles Chan Kim was charged with conspiracy to possess MDMA, police said.

After the arrests, officers from the combined Street Drug and Special Assignment Section operation seized more than $5,000 in cash and a Honda Civic, police said.

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