RALEIGH — Barry Frederick Holden Brown was being held on $1 million bail Wednesday following his arrest on charges of trafficking in a form of MDMA, having counterfeit U.S. currency and having a stolen .45-caliber handgun even though he has a felony conviction for drug possession.
Police arrested Brown, 27, at his apartment at 2805 Seclusion Court in Raleigh about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
In arrest warrants, they charged him with trafficking in MDMA – 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine – saying he had 400 grams or more of it and calling it “molly.”
MDMA in pill form is known as ecstasy.
In 2003, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration warned about “molly” as a new powdered drug being sold, described it as 1-(3-Trifluoromethylphenyl) piperazine and said it was sold as a more intense form of ecstasy.
Police also charged that Brown had 76 counterfeit bills that ranged in denominations from $5 to $100.
The gun that police charged Brown had was a .45-caliber Springfield semi-automatic pistol that they wrote had been stolen from another man.
Because Brown was convicted in 2011 in Wake County of felony drug possession, they also charged him with possession of a firearm by a felon, which the law forbids.
The last of five felony charges against Brown was that he maintained his apartment as a place to keep and sell drugs.
Warrants also accused Brown of two misdemeanors – failure to show up for a court appearance and probation violation.