4 accused of Ecstasy trafficking

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By Jenny Arnold

Three Lancaster men and another former Lancaster resident have been charged with drug trafficking in a case investigated by both Lancaster and York counties.

Matthew Tyrell Curry, 21, of 1177 Shiloh Drive, and Robert Deon Montgomery, 20, of 1704 Great Falls Highway, have been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with trafficking in Ecstasy.

The York County Sheriff’s has charged Naquivs Aqueece Benson, 23, of 414 ½ Hope St., Rock Hill, with second offense trafficking in Ecstasy over 500 pills, possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy within proximity of a park, second offense possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack within proximity of a park. Benson is a former Lancaster resident.

The York County drug unit has also charged Taureen Depree Wade, 24, of 970 Sherwood Circle, with second offense trafficking Ecstasy and possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy within proximity of a park.

According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Lancaster County Drug Task Force officers arranged a buy of Ecstasy pills from Montgomery.

Lancaster officers conducted surveillance on July 2, following a car from Lancaster to Rock Hill believed to be involved in the Ecstasy trafficking.

The car stopped at an apartment in Rock Hill and returned to Lancaster County.

Officers stopped the car on U.S. 521 South and found three plastic bags containing 198 Ecstasy pills in the glove box of the car, according to the incident report. Curry, the driver, and his passenger, Montgomery, were arrested.

According to a York County Sheriff’s Office incident report, York County drug officers searched 414 ½ Hope St. and found Benson in possession of 473 Ecstasy pills, and believe he had distributed another 100 pills to Wade.

The apartment is within a half-mile of Confederate Park in Rock Hill, according to the York County incident report. Officers seized a digital scale, a cell phone and 1.2 grams of crack cocaine from Benson, the report said.

Benson and Wade each have one prior drug conviction, the report said.

The Ecstacy seized from Montgomery and Curry has a street value of about $2,000, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Maj. David Belk said.

The York County case was investigated by the York County Sheriff’s Office’s Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.

Ecstasy, or MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), is a synthetic drug that causes both hallucinogenic and stimulant effects, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The drug was developed in Germany in the early 20th century as an appetite suppressant, but today’s users consume the drug for its hallucinogenic effects, which they claim heighten their senses and make them feel less inhibited.

Curry remained in jail at the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

Montgomery was being held at the detention center on a $200,000 bond.

Benson remained in jail at Moss Justice Center on Tuesday. His bond amount was unavailable. Wade had been released.

Contact senior reporter  Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151