Leader Of Methylone Ring Pleads Guilty

The leader of a methylone trafficking ring pleaded guilty this week to purchasing and distributing multi-kilogram amounts of the illegal substance from China and distributing it throughout Virginia.

Nineteen-year-old Matthew Scott Baker of Fairfax, Va. was the last of eight people charge in the case to plead guilty, according to a press release from the United States Department of Justice. A federal grand jury indicted him July 3, 2012 and pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

Baker is facing up to 20 years in prison on the drug charge in addition to at least five years in prison on a firearm charge, which would run consecutively with his first penalty. He will be sentenced January 25, 2013.

Methylone has been banned from the United States since an emergency October 21 illegal ban imposed by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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