A Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable arrested a Houston man Tuesday after discovering he had a large quantity of MDMA, the designer drug most commonly known as “ecstasy,” as well as marijuana.
Around 2 p.m., the deputy was patrolling US 59 near SH 242 when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2015 Toyota Corolla that was exceeding the posted speed limit. The deputy approached the vehicle and when the window was rolled down, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana. The driver, Delwin Jones, said people were smoking marijuana in his vehicle the previous night and denied there was marijuana or other contraband in his vehicle. Jones gave the deputy his consent to search the vehicle, and then began acting extremely nervous.
Hidden inside the vehicle, the deputy found a large bag containing approximately 800 MDMA pills, along with a digital scale and three plastic bags containing marijuana. Jones admitted the items belonged to him, and the pills are sold for $4 to $10, making the street value $3,200 to $8,000. Manufacturers of the illegal pills often imprint them with a symbol identifying their “brand.”
Law enforcement across the nation has found an unending variety of symbols on confiscated ecstasy pills, which are also made in a variety of colors. All the pills in Jones’ possession were imprinted with the handicapped symbol.
Delwin Jermaine Jones, 28, of Houston is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Penalty Group 1) more than 200 grams, but less than 400 grams.
Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy”
Hayden said he was glad the drugs were confiscated, not just because they are illegal, but also very dangerous.
“MDMA is a dangerous drug in and of itself, but that danger is compounded by the fact that the pills are manufactured in clandestine labs with no oversight and there’s no way for a user to know what’s really in the pill they’re taking or how strong it will be,” Constable Hayden said. “It’s the pharmaceutical equivalent of Russian Roulette.”
They also pose a threat to small children because of their resemblance to candy, the Constable said.