$800K Ecstasy ‘pill pipeline’ intercepted in Lamar County

Lamar County deputies seized 40,000 Ecstasy pills late Monday night as they halted an alleged “pill pipeline” operating between Canada and Miami.

The 16 pounds of pills worth about $800,000 were on their way from Canada to Miami to be exchanged for cocaine to be taken back across the U.S. border in an ongoing cycle of drug trafficking, according to a news release from the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.

Wayne McDarman Hill, 42, of Miami, was arrested and charged with trafficking Ecstasy on the street after the drugs were found in his vehicle in one of the largest Ecstasy busts on record in the United States, the release stated.

The drugs were in clear plastic zippered bags inside a red Puma athletic shoe box that was duct-taped closed.

“Prescription medications have been intercepted as well,” Lamar County Sheriff Larry Waller said in the release. “Most Ecstasy is now made in Holland and shipped into Canada to be distributed in the United States.”

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, known as MDMA or Ecstasy, is made using methamphetamines as a primary ingredient, Waller said.

The sheriff’s office alerted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and federal agents assisted in the investigation.

The DEA likely will prosecute the case in federal court due to the international nature of the case, the release stated.

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