Feds Bust Massive OC-Related Ecstasy Pill Ring

DEA agents now have lots of party favors
DEA agents now have lots of party favors

The price to party without inhibitions in Southern California likely just went up.

Federal law enforcement officials announced this afternoon that a grand jury has indicted 15 individuals in Los Angeles and Orange County for conspiracy to possess and distribute at least $17 million worth of the party drug commonly called "ecstasy."

During the investigation, DEA and Beverly Hills police confiscated 1,134,000 ecstasy tablets, 33 kilograms of cocaine, more than $500,000 cash and 21 firearms.

According to federal officials, the kingpin the case is Jimmy Luong, 29, of Monterey Park.

Two Orange County residents--Duy Nguyen, 22, of Fountain Valley; and Long Nguyen, 22, of Santa Ana--worked in Luong's operation and have been arrested, according to a press announcement by Thom Mrozek, public affairs officer for the United States Attorney's Office in LA.

WIth the indictments, DEA Special Agent Timothy J. Landrum boasted, "We have crushed a criminal organization that distributed huge quantities of ecstasy tablets."

The feds claim that the group distributed hundreds of thousands of the illegal ecstasy pills every month.

Several weeks ago, a young female allegedly suffered a fatal overdose on the drug at an LA rave party.

-- R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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