LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Authorities say three people are charged after an investigation led to the seizure of a quarter pound of MDMA or "Molly" and more than $11,000 in cash.
Molly, also known as MDMA or Ecstasy, is a semi-synthetic chemical compound often seen in pill form, but which can also be exist in powder and capsule form.
Leesburg Police Department detectives, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office detectives and United States Postal Service Inspectors started investigating after finding that a package with "Molly" inside was being shipped from China to a home in the 1700 block of Taymont Terrace NE. Police say detectives executed a search warrant at the home on Aug. 22. In addition to a quarter pound of "Molly" and $111,200 in cash, detectives also found include several bags of marijuana, hypodermic syringes and narcotics related smoking devices, according to authorities.
On Sept. 12, 44-year-old Channa Petrocelli of Leesburg, 23-year-old Joshua Douglas of Leesburg and 18-year-old Carlos Tezna were arrested and charged. According to authorities, Petrocelli is charged with Possession of Marijuana and Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I/II narcotic. She was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. Douglas was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I/II narcotic and Conspiracy to Transport a Schedule I/II narcotic into the Commonwealth, one ounce or more. He was also released on $5,000 unsecured bond. Tezna was charged with Transport a Schedule I/II narcotic into the Commonwealth, one ounce or more and 1 count Conspiracy to Transport a Schedule I/II narcotic into the Commonwealth, one ounce or more.
Capt. Clagett Moxley of the Leesburg Police Department issued the following statement on Tuesday: "The Leesburg Police Department feels it necessary to make residents aware of the dangerousness of the drug 'Molly.' Several recent incidents of 'Molly' usage have been reported in surrounding cities and counties. Leesburg is not immune to similar problems but through communication and education we can hopefully reduce the risk of 'Molly' usage in the community."