Friday, January 19, 2018
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Clearwater teen accused of selling guns and drug 'Molly'

CLEARWATER — A teenager accused of selling guns and a drug that authorities say is growing popular in Clearwater was arrested Wednesday.

Joseph DeSalle, 18, was arrested at his house at 2060 N Betty Lane after an undercover investigation that Clearwater police launched in August found he was selling guns and the drug MDMA, a modified form of ecstasy known as "Molly."

Police said they seized 131 grams of MDMA, 2 grams of cocaine, a handgun and 17 rounds of ammunition from DeSalle. Investigators found an additional 57 grams of MDMA and another gun inside DeSalle's home.

Police do not know who bought drugs and guns from DeSalle, said Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw, but added that the arrest is indicative of an MDMA trend in Clearwater, prompting undercover detectives to get involved.

"It seems to be more and more of a growing fad and trend," Shaw said.

DeSalle faces several charges, including two counts of armed trafficking in MDMA and two counts of sale and possession of MDMA.

He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, where he remained Thursday on $226,000 bail.

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