LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announced that a criminal complaint was filed today charging defendant Lance R. Umansky, 32, of Miami Beach, with running an Ecstasy laboratory from his Miami Beach apartment and possessing Ecstasy with intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 856 and 841(a)(1).
The defendant made his initial appearance in federal court in Miami, Florida this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Ted E. Bandstra. If convicted of the charges, the defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of twenty (20) years’ imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. This arrest marks South Florida’s first Ecstasy laboratory bust.
According to the complaint filed in court, Umansky used the Internet to purchase chemicals and equipment necessary to produce Ecstasy at his home laboratory. A search warrant was executed at Umansky’s apartment yesterday, resulting in the seizure of materials used in the production of Ecstasy. Additionally, agents found over 100 Ecstasy tablets, a scale, Ecstasy in powder form, and empty gel capsules.
United States Attorney Acosta stated, “No neighborhood or city is immune to the scourge of drugs. MDMA, or Ecstasy, is a drug popular among some of our youth. In the past, this drug has been manufactured abroad and smuggled into the United States for distribution and consumption. Today’s charges, however, are part of an ongoing shift towards domestic production. The chemical production of Ecstasy is a dangerous process, and the resulting drug can be lethal. The United States Attorney’s Office, along with the DEA, stand committed to stop the spread of domestic Ecstasy production and its use.”
“Though not a drug currently headlining most news stories, Ecstasy has not gone away. It is present in our community as evidenced by the discovery of the Ecstasy lab in Miami Beach yesterday,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville. “DEA remains concerned about the dangers that this drug poses to our children and we will continue to pursue the individuals who distribute this poison in our own backyard.”
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason Emilios Dimitris.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.