Thursday, November 02, 2000

3 teens in ecstasy sale remain in detention




By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A Butler County judge refused Wednesday to release to parental custody three teen-age girls accused of selling 100 “ecstasy” capsules. Attorneys for the girls — a 15-year-old from Fort Mitchell, a 17-year-old from Elsmere and a 17-year-old from Cincinnati — asked Juvenile Court Judge Richard Niehaus to let them leave the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.

        But Judge Niehaus said they should remain in detention because of the seriousness of the charges and the girls' status as out-of-county residents.

        The girls, who are friends, will undergo drug and alcohol evaluation Monday and may enter guilty pleas at a hearing that day, said Rob Clevenger, director of juvenile court operations.

        They were arrested Oct. 21 in a Kmart parking lot by Butler County sheriff's deputies.

        Police said the girls sold 100 ecstasy capsules to an undercover officer.

        Ecstasy is a stimulant called a “club drug” that has become popular among teens at dance clubs, bars and parties.

        Harry Hellings, an attorney for one of the girls, said he expect tests to show that the capsules allegedly sold to the undercover officer were not “ecstasy” pills.

        Instead, they were a type of counterfeit controlled substance, he said.

        One of the 17-year-olds is charged with trafficking in drugs.

        The other 17-year-old is charged with complicity to trafficking in drugs and permitting drug abuse.

        The 15-year-old is charged with complicity to trafficking in drugs.

       



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