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May 21, 2013 11:06 PM by Mike Manzoni -- mmanzoni@kristv.com

Designer Drug Molly Arrives In Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI -- If you hear someone mention the name Molly, they're probably not talking about the girl next door. Chances are they're talking about a little white pill.

"It's a very dangerous, very poisonous mix," said Capt. David Cook of the Corpus Christi Police Department. "It's here. It's available. Parents need to be cognizant of the fact that it's here and available."

Molly, slang for molecule, is the latest drug craze. It's a mix of several substances, including Ecstasy, methamphetamine, bath salts and cocaine.

Authorities said its low price -- between $8 and $12 per pill -- and ability to give a quick, powerful high is what attracts teenagers and young adults.

Cook said he and his officers haven't seen a lot of the drug, but they have made at least one Molly bust, seizing a bag of powder, empty pill capsules and a scale.

While the drug has been around for decades, it has become hugely popular in recent months at night clubs and rave parties. Even more dangerous, authorities said, is that the drug is now often mixed with other controlled substances.

"They don't know what they're getting," said Cook. "They get something called Molly, but they don't know what the cutting substance is, what's mixed with it."

Local deejays said the drug has become a common fixture at parties, and is more mainstream than in years past. "This past six months or so the popularity [of Molly] has become - is rising up more and more." said Bongo, an underground D.J. who said he's seen the drug at a lot of house parties he's deejayed.

Bongo, who asked we not use his real name, said the music culture has fed the craze, influencing young people who use the drug. Rap artist Tyga, for example, has a song entitled "Molly," in which he sings about the drug. "They [artists] should be more careful about it [Molly] because they're on the radio, and who listens to the radio today is youth."

Another underground deejay, Mr. C, who also asked we not use his real name, agreed. "It's really sad because the parents don't understand or I guess see the signs or hear the subliminal messages in the music."

The Drug Enforcement Administration has labeled Molly a Schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no valid medical use. It can cause increased heart rate, high blood pressure and elevated body temperature. It can lead to liver, kidney and cardiovascular failure.

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