Feds Sought "Obama" Ecstasy In Drug Sting
Agent arranged $300k buy in Washington Starbucks
JANUARY 10--While negotiating a large purchase of Ecstasy from a narcotics dealer, an undercover federal agent detailed a few specific requirements during a meeting at a Starbucks in Washington state.
First, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent wanted to buy 150,000 tablets, for which he was ready to pay $2 per pill. The ICE agent wanted yellow pills that were “triple stack,” or extra thick.
And the federal agent also wanted the popular club drug to carry the “Obama” logo, according to a felony complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
While law enforcement agents have previously seized Ecstasy pills bearing the president’s likeness from street level dealers, this appears to be the first time that a federal undercover operation specifically sought out Obama-branded narcotics from a suspected large-scale trafficker.
The ICE probe resulted in the arrest of several men, including Harjinder Brar, who pleaded guilty last month to a felony drug conspiracy charge. Agents seized 84 pounds of Ecstasy when they busted Brar and another man at the Starbucks in Bellingham. The pills, recovered from a van, were found in 26 heat-sealed plastic bags, according to investigators.
Brar, 44, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on February 25. (1 page)