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April 4, 2009

Ecstasy makes comeback

Arrests for designer drug are up

MANKATO — A Mankato man already charged with selling cocaine is facing a new felony charge for selling a 1990s designer drug that has been making a comeback.

Several drug arrests dating back to last year have included references to ecstasy, the drug 20-year-old Kyle William Sorensen is accused of selling to an undercover investigator during a meeting on the Minnesota State University campus.

Sorensen, who is not an MSU student, was charged recently for the Sept. 3 incident. He was charged earlier this month with selling cocaine to another Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force agent and an informant in November.

The more recent criminal complaint comes from a drug task force agent who reported she contacted Sorensen on Sept. 3 and said she wanted to buy a “jar,” or 100 tablets, of ecstasy. Sorensen allegedly told her he only had six or seven tablets of the drug, but he could bring her to the Twin Cities to get more if she was willing to drive.

The agent reported he offered to get her “pink and orange, triple stack naked lady” ecstasy for “a good price.” He also agreed to sell her six tablets at that time for $70, the complaint said. The term “triple stack” makes reference to ecstasy with a potency that’s three times what’s in a regular tablet. After picking Sorensen up in front of a campus dormitory, she purchased the six tablets, the agent reported.

Wendy Schuh, MSU assistant director of student health services, said drug counselors have told her ecstasy, a stimulant and mild hallucinogen also known as MDMA, seemed to have faded away after gaining popularity with young people in the 1980s and 1990s. Reports about the damage the drug can cause made it less popular.

“Ecstasy has been around awhile,” Schuh said. “It faded out of sight a couple years ago but, from what I understand, it’s making a comeback.”

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