For Immediate Release - June 16, 2010

Swampscott Men Allegedly Ran Ecstacy Ring

Powdered Form of the Drug Can Cause Irreversible Brain Damage

A cross border, undercover investigation involving Massachusetts and New Hampshire state, local and federal officials resulted in the arrests last Friday of two Swampscott men who were allegedly running an large scale Ecstacy distribution operation. The investigation was initiated by Swampscott Police detectives. Salisbury Police played an integral role in this investigation as well.

Law enforcement officials are stressing that the powdered form of Ecstacy, known as MDMA, which the men were allegedly distributing, is even more devastating than the pill form of the drug and can cause irreversible brain damage.

Michael McMahon, 19, of 7 Hillcrest Circle, and Dean Dennis, 20, of 15 Nason Road, had pleaded not guilty in Peabody District Court on Monday to conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of Class D, marijuana, with intent to distribute. Dean was also charged with operating under the influence of drugs. The two men were arrested after their car was stopped in Lynnfield on Friday afternoon, June 11.

But the men were arraigned on even more serious charges involving alleged Ecstacy distribution yesterday in Salem District Court, where Judge Robert Brennan ordered both men held on $100,000 cash bail. They face more charges in Newburyport District Court, on an arraignment date to be determined. In addition, police have obtained an arrest warrant for Amanda Langan, 21, of 40 Stetson Avenue, Swampscott, on related drug charges.

The men were allegedly selling Ecstacy in Essex County, and to students at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Swampscott Police, State Police detectives assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), University of New Hampshire Police, and the United States Attorneys' Offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

In Salem District Court, all three are charged with:

Possession with intent to distribute Class B, MDMA
Possession with intent to distribute Class D, marijuana.
Possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony
Illegal possession of a firearm
Illegal possession of ammunition
Receiving stolen property over $250
Conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws.

In Newburyport District Court, the two men will face charges of:

Distribution of Class B MDMA
Conspiracy to violate Controlled substance laws
School Zone Violation.