FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WJLA) - Fairfax County Police say they have seen more than 165 cases involving the ecstasy drug "molly" and have seized more than 16 pounds of the drug.
The Friday announcement comes after several high-profile deaths nationwide linked to Molly, including one in D.C.
Fairfax Police say they have seen an average of eight cases involving Molly per month since Jan. 2012.
"We need to be aware that a some of these designer drugs are readily available out there," says Edwin Roessler of the Fairfax County Police.
In D.C., a University of Virginia sophomore, Mary "Shelley" Goldsmith, reportedly took the drug Molly before she died in early September. The drug has also been linked to three other fatal deaths on the East Coast.
Investigators are awaiting toxicology results on Goldsmith and several other young people who died recently across the northeast. Goldsmith's father is convinced it killed his daughter. He spoke with her friends and said, "they told me she took it (Molly) before on the night she got sick."
Ezekiel Smith, 22, says Molly is for a younger crowd.
"Anyone between 14 and 18 years old are the people I have heard of using it more than anything," says Smith, a George Mason University student.
Molly" is powdered MDMA, the main ingredient in ecstasy - synthetic party drug which induces a feeling of well-being and euphoria. Molly can overheat the body and prove fatal.