BROCKTON, Mass. — Three Maine men were arrested on narcotics and warrant charges in Brockton last night by state and local police after one of them admitted to being in possession of 16 grams of the so-called designer drug “molly,” as well as heroin, authorities said this afternoon.
Molly, a potent powder form of the hallucinogen ecstasy, is suspected of being behind the fatal overdose of 19-year-old Brittany Flannigan of Derry, N.H., at the House of Blues Tuesday night, as well as the deaths of a 20-year-old University of New Hampshire student from Rhode Island and a 23-year-old Syracuse University graduate during the first two days of New York City’s annual Electric Zoo music festival this weekend.
New York City police shut the event down today because of the two deaths.
Meanwhile, Patrick Lee, 32, and Brandon Kerr, 23, both of Bangor, and Mark White, 25, of Argyle, Maine, are expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Brockton District Court.
The trio were busted on Custer Street in Brockton shortly after 9 p.m. last night as part of a joint surveillance operation.
According to state police spokesman David Procopio, Brockton police officers and state troopers observed a group of individuals around a parked vehicle and detained them, questioning as they tried to disperse.
“Various parties provided conflicting and false information concerning their reasons for being in the area,” Procopio said in a statement. “Further investigation and a resultant search of the vehicle uncovered a cylinder containing approximately 12 grams of a tan chunky substance, believed to be heroin, and approximately 16 grams of molly, a so-called designer drug.”
Procopio said after being questioned by police, Lee admitted to the possession of both drugs.
Lee and White are charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Kerr was picked up on felony warrants out of New Bedford and Bangor.
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