A Montgomery County man has pleaded guilty to federal charges involving the drug ecstasy coming from the Netherlands by mail.
Photo: File photo
Photo: File photo

Man pleads guilty to importing ecstasy from Netherlands

A Washington Twp. man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to importing the drug ecstasy mailed from the Netherlands and to trafficking in meth.

Austin K. Alig, 23, appeared in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to plead guilty to a bill of information as part of a plea agreement.

U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice read from a statement of facts that alleged that in April 2016, Alig signed for three vacuum-packed DVDs that originally contained hundreds of grams of ecstasy. The actual drugs were tested and identified at the Miami Valley Crime Lab.

Alig, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts — one for trying to import methylenedioxymethamphetamine (known as MDMA or ecstasy) and one for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Defense attorney Jon Paul Rion calculated Alig’s non-binding, advisory sentencing guideline at 46 to 57 months — or 3 years, 10 months to 4 years, 9 months. The statutory range is for each charge is from zero to 20 years in prison and up to a $1 million fine.

The plea does not include any agreed-upon sentence. Alig’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 6. Alig’s bond conditions will continue.

Rice said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago alerted agents in Cincinnati that a K-9 had alerted to drugs. HSI replaced the MDMA/Ecstasy with fakes and arranged for them to be delivered to Alig’s residence on Falcon Ridge Court.

Two DVDs contained 510 purple tablets that field-tested positive for ecstasy. The third DVD contained a brownish-crystal like substance that field tested positive for ecstasy.

A search of Alig’s home also uncovered more than 50 grams of meth, a digital scale, small bags and other drug paraphernalia, according to a complaint written by an HSI special agent.