09-09-08 Arrest for Selling Ecstasy
Boise, Sept. 9, 2008 - Boise Police arrested a Kuna man early this morning. He's charged, among other things, with possessing and intending to sell the drug Ecstasy.
Arrested: Anthony Michael Cummings, 21, Kuna
Charged: Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell (F), Open Container (m)
Also during the incident:
Arrested: Elizabeth Marie McCool, 19, Boise
Charged: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m)
What Happened: A Boise Police Patrol Officer pulled into a parking lot at Overland and Curtis at approx. 2:42 a.m. this morning. In the parking lot he saw several people standing near a truck and a van. One of the people, later identified as Cummings, was holding what appeared to be a can of beer.
The officer stopped and questioned those present. After investigating, officers also found Cummings to be in possession of approx. 20 pink colored pills imprinted with the image of a semi-automatic pistol. Officers found the pills to be Ecstasy. During their investigation, officers learned Cummings had intended to sell the Ecstasy. The was arrested and taken to jail on the above charges.
During the investigation, officers also found McCool to be in possession of a marijuana pipe. She too was arrested and taken to jail for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ecstasy: Boise Police Narcotics Detectives say they are seeing an increase in Ecstasy in the Boise area. Boise officers have learned from their colleagues that an increase in Ecstasy appears to be a trend throughout the Northwest. Research shows Ecstasy can have long term impact on brain function and memory.
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Also, the following information on Ecstasy comes from http://www.drugfree.org/portal/drug_guide/Ecstasy
|What does it look like?|
|Ecstasy comes in a tablet form that is often branded, e.g. Playboy bunnies, Nike swoosh, CK|
|How is it used?|
Taken in pill form, users sometimes take Ecstasy at "raves," clubs and other parties to keep on dancing and for mood enhancement.
|What are its short-term effects?|
Users report that Ecstasy produces intensely pleasurable effects – including an enhanced sense of self-confidence and energy. Effects include feelings of peacefulness, acceptance and empathy. Users say they experience feelings of closeness with others and a desire to touch others. Other effects can include involuntary teeth clenching, a loss of inhibitions, transfixion on sights and sounds, nausea, blurred vision, chills and/or sweating. Increases in heart rate and blood pressure, as well as seizures, are also possible. The stimulant effects of the drug enable users to dance for extended periods, which when combined with the hot crowded conditions usually found at raves, can lead to severe dehydration and hyperthermia or dramatic increases in body temperature. This can lead to muscle breakdown and kidney, liver and cardiovascular failure. Cardiovascular failure has been reported in some of the Ecstasy-related fatalities.
After-effects can include sleep problems, anxiety and depression.
|What are its long-term effects?|
|Repeated use of Ecstasy ultimately may damage the cells that produce serotonin, which has an important role in the regulation of mood, appetite, pain, learning and memory. There already is research suggesting Ecstasy use can disrupt or interfere with memory.|
|National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA);Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)|