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Ecstasy arrest lands Pa. man probation

December 27, 2001

Ecstasy arrest lands Pa. man probation



By STACEY DANZUSO
chbbureau@innernet.net


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Cumberland County, Pa., man caught delivering hundreds of Ecstasy pills this spring in Franklin County was sentenced to probation Wednesday.

Barriett Lynn Hall, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was arrested April 19 when Pennsylvania State Police and the Franklin County Drug Task Force seized 600 pills Hall was attempting to deliver to a Pittsburgh man in Lurgan Township, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is a popular club drug that causes hallucinations and decreases anxiety.

Police executed a search warrant on Hall, 30, and his 1997 Ford Explorer while at the Exit 15 interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Johnnie's Restaurant, the affidavit said.

While there, Hall delivered the pills to an undercover officer, the affidavit said.

Hall was already sentenced by a York County judge to three to six years in prison for the delivery of the same substance, so Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker agreed to a probationary sentence for Hall.

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"He was running around thinking he was invincible, trying to make a lot of money," defense attorney Bradley Winnich said.

"We feel probation is best to have continued oversight but not mess up his chances for boot camp," Winnich said.

The York judge recommended Hall serve some of his time in a state boot camp, he said.

Hall, who had already pleaded guilty to delivery of Ecstasy, has no prior record, Winnich said.

Walker imposed a suspended sentence and ordered Hall to serve 60 months of probation after his York County sentence was over.

He gave him five days credit for time served.

Walker compared Hall's actions to those of large companies that pollute the country's waterways.

"If people are delivering drugs, you are spreading pollution in our community," Walker said.

Ecstasy can produce hallucinations, eliminate anxiety and suppresses the need to eat, drink or sleep, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency's Web site.

Ecstasy pills sell in bulk for an average of $8 each, and in clubs for $20 to $30 a pill, according to the Website.

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