THOMASVILLE — Unverified intelligence information had it that ecstasy was available once more in Thomas County. Word was that a man driving a small green car would have the drug with him at a business in the 300 block of Smith Avenue.

“We set up surveillance,” said Kevin Lee, Thomas County/Tho-masville Narcotics/Vice Division commander.

Agents found a bag containing 10 ecstasy pills in the small car driven by Alvin Lee Beatty, 24, 4505 Coffee Road, Boston.

“We also found four pink pills and four yellow pills,” Lee said. “Some were hydrocodone, a pain killer.”

Beatty is charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of hydrocodone.

Ecstasy is usually designed for use by teenagers and individuals in their early to mid-20s, Lee explained.

“We try to control this the best we can. It’s a dangerous drug. It increases the heartbeat and raises body temperature,” the commander said.

Much of the time, a person using ecstasy is dehydrated, Lee added.

Most ecstasy pills are made in Amsterdam. The pills are bright and pastel colors with designs that appeal to young people.

An ecstasy pill costs $20 to $25.

“Dealers probably get them for $8 to $10, depending on how much they buy,” Lee said.

In other activity, Willie Akery, 54, Railroad Avenue, Boston, was charged with cocaine possession with intent to distribute and firearm possession by a convicted felon.

Officers found three pieces of crack cocaine with a value of $200 in a napkin in a chair in which Akery was sitting at is residence.

A loaded shotgun was found under a sofa at the home.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.

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