News Release
March 30, 2006

Pharmacy Student Charged with Attempting to Manufacture Ecstasy

MAR 30 --Worcester, MA... A Dudley woman was charged today in federal court with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, ecstasy .

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, announced today that DIANA PIESAK, age 23, of 7 Third Avenue, Dudley, was charged with Knowingly and Intentionally Attempting to Manufacture MDMA or ecstasy .

The complaint alleges that PIESAK, a student a the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, purchased and stored in an apartment she shared with her sister, father and grandmother ingredients and products that are used to manufacture ecstasy. On March 28, 2006, DEA agents, assisted by forensic chemists executed a search warrant at PIESAK’s residence and recovered glassware, chemicals and other items, including sassafras oil, needed to manufacture ecstasy, as well as recipes the PIESAK downloaded from the internet for manufacturing ecstasy. Following her arrest, PIESAK admitted that she had purchased the chemicals and items to make ecstasy.

If convicted on these charges, PIESAK faces up to 20 years imprisonment, to be followed by at least three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $1,000,000. PIESAK was released on bail that includes various restrictions and reporting requirements.

The case was investigated by the New England Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.