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Three arrested in MDMA bust

Channa Petrocelli
Joshua Douglass
Carlos Tezna

Three Leesburg residents were arrested Sept. 12 after a police investigation led to the seizure of a quarter-pound of MDMA, marijuana and several thousand dollars in cash.

Channa Petrocelli, 44, was charged with possession of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute a schedule I/II narcotic; Joshua Douglass, 23, was charged with conspiracy to distribute a schedule I/II narcotic and conspiracy to transport a schedule I/II narcotic into the commonwealth; and Carlos Tezna, 18, was charged with transport of a schedule I/II narcotic into the commonwealth (one ounce or more) and conspiracy to transport a schedule I/II narcotic into the commonwealth.

The investigation commenced when police were notified that a package containing MDMA was being shipped to the 1700 block of Taymont Terrace NE in Leesburg from China.

On Aug. 22, the Leesburg Police Department, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Postal Service Inspectors executed a search warrant on the home, recovering one quarter-pound of MDMA worth $25,000 and $11,200 in cash. They also recovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia, hypodermic syringes and smoking devices.

MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, is a semi-synthetic chemical drug. The drug is most commonly taken in pill form, but can also come in powder or capsules. According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, the number of MDMA-related emergency room visits have doubled since 2004.

Petrocelli and Douglass were both released on a $5,000 bond, while Tezna is held on a $5,000 secured bond.


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