Two (2) men were arrested 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. Mr. Quinones and Mr. Lozanoerazo are accused of distributing the drugs to underage clubgoers of ages ranging from 15 to 18. According to authorities, six (6) individuals were hospitalized for drug overdoses.
Ecstasy is a form of MDMA that became fashionable among partygoers in New Jersey around 2011. Ecstasy is classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule I controlled substance. In New Jersey, Ecstasy distribution is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.
The penalties for distribution of Ecstasy vary, depending on the type and quantity of illicit substances. An offense involving a quantity of at least one (1) ounce can be classified as a second degree felony. This means that if Mr. Quinones and Mr. Lozanoerazo are convicted of second degree distribution of Ecstasy, they could each be sentenced to up to ten (10) years in state prison.
Additionally, because Mr. Quinones and Mr. Lozanoerazo are accused of selling drugs to underage persons, the punishments could be especially severe. In New Jersey, the distribution of controlled dangerous substances to minors is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-8. Any person convicted under this statute is subject to twice the term of imprisonment.
While awaiting trial, Mr. Quinones and Mr. Lozanoerazo are being held at Middlesex County Correctional Facility.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Two Charged with Distributing Ecstasy at Club Pure After Six Teens Hospitalized for Overdose.”