Record seizure of hallucinogenic in NJ

January 15, 2009 10:05:47 AM PST
New Jersey state police say they've made the largest seizure of the drug known as "businessman's LSD" in the state's history. State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes says the hallucinogenic drug, known by scientists as "dimethyltryptamine" ,or DMT, is becoming increasingly popular in the regional club scene.

Troopers seized about 1.4 pounds of DMT from a 33-year-old software engineer named Yusuf Samantar during a Saturday morning traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike after the Newark resident was seen driving erratically.

Police say the bust represents the first dealer-sized quantity of DMT seized in New Jersey.

DMT is typically sold for about $200 a gram, giving the seizure a street value of about $127,000.

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