2C-I: A new, illegal drug available online
If you think drug
dealers are hanging out on street corners or near
schools targeting children, it's time for a wake-up
call. Thousands of them are now reaching out through
the case with a relatively new drug that's dangerous
but for sale online.
Packages filled with coffee first raised suspicion
But the coffee was meant to conceal something else:
Drugs. But it wasn't something detectives had ever
"When we first saw it -- we were thinking meth --
although it's a little finer, powdery form than meth
usually is," Narcotics Officer Sgt. Bill Evans said.
They traced the packages to a northern California
drug dealer - Zachary Michael Fisher -- who told
detectives the strange substance was something
Its full name is 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenethylamine.
Popular in Canada and Europe, it's also sometimes
called "the spice."
But no matter what you call it - 2C-I is a powerful
psychedelic -- similar in effects to LSD.
One person who used 2C-I describes the effects:
"It takes like 20 minutes to kick in -- you get
energy, you wanna do something, things start to
morph, and you see colors - everything seems weird."
Eric is a teen did 2C-I, until his uncle discovered
a vial of it in his school backpack.
"When I found it in his backpack, and when he
finally started talking about it he said -- well
don't worry about it, it's not even illegal," Eric's
uncle, Kris, said. "Lots of kids are starting to do
But it is illegal.
New on the DEA radar, 2C-I and its cousins fall
under the Federal Analog Act.
Which means if it looks like and acts like an
illegal drug -- it is illegal.
The internet is now a great street corner for drug
"Many drug dealers can now enter the privacy of a
home, and entice and sell their destruction to
children," Drug Enforcement Agency agent Gordon
And these drugs are unknown for their addiction
potential, allergic reaction, or overdose threshold.
"We don't know yet if patients are going to be
stimulated -- as is the case with cocaine -- will
they develop a lot of paranoia and therefore a lot
of violence with its use?" St. Vincent Charity
Hospital Dr. Chris Adelman said. "We just don't know
that yet. But those are concerns."
The websites that sell the drugs send mixed messages
One page declares them as "quality research
chemicals for personal and business use" while
saying in very small print on the disclaimer the
chemicals are "offered for laboratory and
manufacturing use only."
2C-I comes in several forms, pill, powder or clear
The DEA is trying to prosecute several research
chemical vendors for selling it.