For Immediate Release: September 5, 2012
Contact: Sgt. William Boyd (740) 439-1388
Patrol seizes new hallucinogenic drug, 2C-E, in Guernsey County traffic stop
CAMBRIDGE – A New York man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized ten 2C-E strips, during a traffic stop in Guernsey County. 2C-E, which is part of the family of drugs called psychedelic phenethylamines, is supposed to produce psychedelic effects similar to LSD, but more intense and longer lasting. Effects of 2C-E are said to last from six to ten hours, but have been known to last for as many as 24-hours.
The seizure occurred when troopers stopped a 1998 Subaru Legacy, with New York registration, for a following too close violation on Interstate 70, eastbound near milepost 178, at approximately 12:20 p.m. on September 3. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers observed the front seat passenger smoking marijuana. A probable cause search revealed drug paraphernalia, a small amount of marijuana, and a bottle containing the 2C-E strips.
The driver, Brandon Hockenbury, 23, of Gowanda, N.Y., was charged with drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. The passenger, Joseph Cascioli, 22, of Ithaca, N.Y., was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
The driver was incarcerated in the Guernsey County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to 12 months in prison and up to a $2,500 fine.
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