Okaloosa County sheriff's Sgt. Arnold Brown said Tuesday that investigators found enough chemicals and equipment for making 2,300 hits of ecstasy in a shed behind the home of 31-year-old Kevin John Reeves on Monday.
Reeves, 31, had been arrested last week by police in nearby Fort Walton Beach on charges he sold about 50 ecstasy pills to an informant.
"By his own admission, he learned how to do all of this right off the Internet," Arnold said. "The information is out there and it's easy to get, unfortunately."
The shed in this Florida Panhandle community contained large quantities of sassafras oil, which is used to derive safrole, a precursor chemical for making the drug, also known as methylenedioxy-n-methylamphetamine, or MDMA.
"This guy had exactly what he needs to make ecstasy, and a lot of those chemicals can be really hazardous if they aren't handled properly," Arnold said. "He had huge waste tubs of mercury and all kinds of other things."
Scales and approximately 2,300 gel caps also were also found. Arnold said investigators suspect Reeves had been manufacturing the drug for about eight months.
Reeves is charged with trafficking in MDMA with additional charges of manufacturing the drug pending. He remained at the county jail in Crestview on Wednesday with bond set at $50,000.
Typical effects of ecstasy include increased energy, wakefulness, and a sense of euphoria, but users also can experience chest pain, shortness of breath, nervous energy and increased risks of anxiety, depression, Parkinson's disease, liver failure and heart attack. Overdoses can be fatal.
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Source: www.nida.org (National Institute on Drug Abuse Web site) contributed to this report.
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