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Iowa man pleads guilty to ecstasy conspiracy

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who now claims to live in Fort Dodge plead guilty Monday in federal court to importing and conspiring to sell ecstasy, sometimes called “molly”.

Adam Lawin, age 23, formerly of Waterloo, pled guilty Monday in federal court in Cedar Rapids to conspiracy to distribute 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also known asecstasy, MDMA or “Molly”).

In a plea agreement, Lawin admitted that he obtained the MDMA by utilizing the highly encrypted drug trafficking marketplace website, Silk Road. Lawin also admitted he insulated himself from detection by law enforcement by having the packages delivered to friends or acquaintances, and paying those individuals a nominal fee (either a small amount of MDMA or cash) for delivering the packages to him. During a search of Lawin’s Waterloo residence on April 26, 2013, law enforcement seized over 1.3 kilograms of MDMA. During earlier searches, officers had seized over 250 grams of MDMA destined for Lawin.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Lawin was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Lawin faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and at least 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

Lawin claims to have recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Biomedical Sciences and to have worked as a contract chemist for Cargill in Fort Dodge since last November.

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