Corrections officer charged with having rave drug in Central Booking

October 12, 2012|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A corrections officer working at Baltimore's Central Booking has been charged with pushing a rave drug inside the facility, according to prosecutors and the state corrections agency. 

Michael McCain, 44, was indicted by a grand jury on eight counts of drug crimes, including possession with intent to distribute of marijuana and 5-methoxy-diisopropyltryptamine, also known as "foxy," a hallucinogen.

Few details of the case were disclosed by prosecutors. 

Rick Binetti, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said that staff at Central Booking "had some worries about this particular fellow, and called the Internal Investigations Unit. The result is the grand jury brought those charges."

According to the DEA, "foxy" is distributed as a powder or in capsules or tablets, often embossed with logos such as a spider or alien head. It's been illegal since 2003 and is often used as a substitute for ecstasy at raves or nightclubs. The agency says it causes hallucinations, talkativeness, and emotional distress, and can lead to nausea and vomiting. 

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