Phoenix, Arizona - A former registered nurse is sentenced yesterday morning to four years in prison after selling MDMA or Methylenedioxymethamphetamine also known as “ecstasy” or “molly” announced Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Judge Warren J. Granville sentenced 41-year-old Brent Forrest after he pled guilty to Sale or Transportation of Dangerous Drugs and Facilitation of Sale or Transportation Dangerous Drugs.
“Forrest’s decision to sell illegal drugs in our community ultimately cost him his career and his freedom,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Selling MDMA or ecstasy is a serious felony offense and I’m proud of the partnership we’ve built with the DPS Career Criminal Unit to get these dangerous drugs off the streets.”
“The Criminal Investigations Division of the Arizona Department of Public Safety will continue our vigilant efforts to take illegal substances, such as MDMA, off the streets because we know these drugs are destroying people’s lives,” said DPS Assistant Director Lt. Colonel Hunter.
In December 2015, the Arizona Department of Public Safety Career Criminal Unit launched an investigation and identified three separate occasions where Forrest sold “ecstasy” or “molly.” The DPS Career Criminal Unit executed a search warrant at Forrest’s home and seized approximately 200 tablets of MDMA, as well as marijuana, several vials of Lidocaine, psilocin (mushrooms) - a dangerous drug, and various items of drug paraphernalia.
On February 29, 2016, the State Grand Jury issued an indictment charging Forrest with 16 felony counts, including three counts of Sale or Transportation of Dangerous Drugs, three counts of Money Laundering, one count of Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, and four counts of Using a Wire or Electronic Communication to Facilitate Sale of Dangerous Drugs. State detectives with the US Marshals Arizona Wanted Task Force arrested Forrest in March 2016.
Judge Granville ordered the revocation of Forrest’s nursing license.
The DPS Career Criminal Unit is comprised of detectives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZ DPS), Phoenix Police, Agents with Alcohol Tobacco Firearms (ATF), and Arizona Department of Corrections.