Deputies seize over 1.5 pounds of suspected MDMA

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday seized 1.7 pounds of suspected MDMA, which resembles candy.

SPALDING COUNTY — A traffic stop Sunday afternoon on North Walkers Mill Road in Spalding County led to the seizure of more than 1.5 pounds of MDMA — commonly known as Ecstasy or Molly — and the arrest of a Locust Grove man, Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix reported Wednesday.

Kendrick Ponder, 45, is being held in the Spalding County Jail, according to authorities. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking meth, possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Spalding County deputies stopped Ponder’s vehicle around 12:45 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. As a result of that traffic stop and a roadside investigation, Dix said deputies conducted a search of Ponder’s vehicle. Dix said deputies located 1.7 pounds of suspected MDMA along with quantities of suspected cocaine and marijuana.

Ponder was placed under arrest at the scene and was transported to the Spalding County Jail without incident, according to police.

Dix said the deputies “did a great job in conducting a thorough investigation leading to this arrest.”

MDMA is a form of methamphetamine that has become “more and more popular” with young people.

The MDMA seized in Sunday’s traffic stop looked exactly like candy, Dix said.

“To me, the most disturbing thing about this case was that the MDMA was in tablet form and was shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head,” Dix said. “The people who use this type of drug have no idea where it comes from other than from sellers and distributors on the local level like Ponder. They have no clue where it originates from before their dealer gets it or if it contains fentanyl or other dangerous substances. I guess in their minds if it looks like Mickey Mouse, how harmful can it be?”

This type of logic, Dix added, is why many first responders carry Narcan in their vehicles. Narcan, also known as naloxone, is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose.

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