An Antioch couple faces 50 years in prison if found guilty of possessing and selling "Molly," a drug that law enforcement officials say has a high potential for abuse.
Alexander Story, 24, and his wife, McKensie, 23, pleaded not guilty to three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in front of Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti on Wednesday.
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Two of those charges are class X felonies that carry a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison, defense attorney Steve McCullom said. The third count is a class 1 felony that could put each behind bars for 15 years.
The Storys are free from jail after paying the required 10 percent of their $50,000 bail. They are due back in court for a pretrial hearing Feb. 18.
"We are reviewing the information supplied from the state in preparation for trial," McCullom said of the case.
The couple was arrested Sept. 17 for allegedly selling pure MDMA -- also known as Molly -- out of their residence in the 25000 block of Fox Avenue, Antioch police said. More than 650 capsules and 42 grams of MDMA were confiscated during the bust, authorities said.
In addition to the MDMA, authorities said 15 squares of LSD, one gram of DMT and 4.39 grams of cannabis were confiscated. The street value of the drugs seized is $50,000, authorities said.
According to drugfree.org, the term "Molly" is slang for "molecule" and refers to pure MDMA in its powdered form.
The website states that Ecstasy is made when MDMA is mixed with caffeine or other drugs, such as methamphetamine, and placed in capsule form.
Drug Enforcement Administration officials said MDMA has a high potential for abuse, and the user of "Molly" can experience accelerated heart rates, increased body temperatures, anxiety, paranoia, depression and confusion.
DMT is slang for Dimethyltryptamine, a chemical known to induce hallucinations and psychotic behavior in users.
Authorities said the couple was mixing the Molly with DMT in capsules, then selling each pill for $25 to $80.
A .410-gauge shotgun with ammunition, $4,200 in cash, various computers and electronics equipment a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze and a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta were also seized in the bust, authorities said.
The two are scheduled to go to trial on March 31. That date is expected to be pushed back.