Two (2) men were busted for possession and distribution of Ecstasy at a Sayreville NJ nightclub.
21-year-old Paterson NJ resident Jesus E. Quinones and 18-year-old Garfield NJ resident Kevin S. Lozanoerazo were arrested at the Sayreville NJ nightspot Club Pure. Police believe that Mr. Quinones and Mr. Lozanoerazo distributed the drugs to underage clubgoers. According to authorities, six (6) of those clubgoers were hospitalized for drug overdoses.
Ecstasy is a form of MDMA that became popular among partygoers in New Jersey a few years ago. Ecstasy has been classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule I controlled substance. In New Jersey, Ecstasy distribution is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.
The penalties for distribution of Ecstasy in New Jersey vary, depending on the type and quantity of illicit substances. If the offense involves a quantity of at least one (1) ounce, it can be classified as a second degree felony. If Mr. Quinones and Mr. Lozanoerazo are convicted of second degree distribution of Ecstasy, they could each face as many as ten (10) years in state prison.
The punishments in this case could be especially severe because Mr. Quinones and Mr. Lozanoerazo are accused of selling drugs to underage persons. In New Jersey, the distribution of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) to minors is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-8. Any person convicted under this statute is subject to twice the term of imprisonment.
After being arrested, Mr. Quinones and Mr. Lozanoerazo were held at Middlesex County Correctional Facility.
To learn more, read the NJ.com article entitled “Two Charged with Distributing Ecstasy at Club Pure After Six Teens Hospitalized for Overdose.“