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Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Ecstasy

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December 13, 2010

Las Vegas, Nev. – A Las Vegas man has pleaded guilty to selling1,800 pills of ecstasy to an undercover DEA agent in exchange for $7,500, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Scott Vasatis, 35, pleaded guilty on Friday, December 10, 2010, to participating in a money laundering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute ecstasy. Vasatis admitted that between about December 1 and December 4, 2009, he received $7,500 from a person he believed was a large-scale drug dealer, but who was really an undercover DEA agent, in exchange for approximately 1,800 pills of ecstasy or MDMA. The undercover agent told Vasatis that he was "looking to get a bunch before New Years, UNLV is my hit, I got a bunch of people waiting for it."

Vasatis is scheduled to be sentenced on March 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. He faces up to 20 years in prison on each count, a fine of up to $500,000 on the money laundering count, and $1,000,000 on the drug trafficking count.

This investigation was led by the DEA and other agencies of the Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), including the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Henderson Police Department, IRS Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kishan Nair.

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