ALBANY, Ga. -- A nearly $5,000 drug trafficking arrest resulted from a simple traffic stop on the 100 block of Slappey Boulevard at about 4 a.m. Thursday, according to an Albany Police Department report.
Antonio Mobley, 32, of Statesboro, a passenger in a Honda Acura that was stopped for going through a red light, wound up being arrested for trafficking in Ecstasy, the report stated.
Mobley was arrested and charged with having 249 "hits" or pills of the illegal drug, worth $4,480, on him during the stop, an Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit investigator said.
According to Investigator George Camp, the driver of the car, whose name was not immediately available, was charged with misdemeanor traffic offenses. Another passenger, Jeremy Frost, 24, was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and a probation violation.
Mobley is in Dougherty County Jail with no bond set, a jail spokeswoman said. Frost was released on $1,000 bond, she added.
"We've had a few arrests for Ecstasy, but not as many as in the late '90s and early 2000s. It seems to have died out," Camp said. "We make, on average, one arrest every two or three weeks. We used to make (Ecstasy) arrests every week."
The "hits" confiscated by police during Mobley's arrest were unique, Camp said. Other Ecstasy tablets have been found to have brands on them like the Playboy Bunny or Nike swoosh. The drugs held by Mobley were cartoonish.
"They were not a circle," Camp said. "They came in the shape of a Pacman ghost in blue, yellow and orange. Some were Smurfs in blue."
Known as a "club drug" about 10 years ago because of its popularity at nightclubs and "rave" dances, Ecstasy is a manufactured drug that mimics the stimulus of amphetamine and adds hallucinogenic qualities, according to the website drugfree.org.
The Drug Enforcement Administration states on the website justice.gov/dea that 2 million tablets of Ecstasy are smuggled into the country every week.
The dangers of using the drug include increases in heart rate and blood pressure, seizures and kidney, liver and heart failure.