Maine Drug Enforcement Agency detectives and Knox County sheriff deputies arrested Camden and Freedom women in downtown Camden Wednesday night, Feb. 15, for allegedly transporting 101 grams of powdered ecstasy.

At about 11:30 p.m., Dana Rader, 20, of Camden, and Eleanor Brugger, 26, of Freedom, were pulled over by Camden Police Officers Paul Spear and Ed Boylan and Rockport Patrol Officer Wesley Butler at the corner of Route 1 and Chestnut Street at the request of an MDEA agent, who had the two women under surveillance as they drove toward the coast from northern Maine, according to MDEA supervisor Jim Pease.

After searching the car, police found 101 grams of the drug, which is referred to as Molly, Pease said. It typically sells for $75 to $85 per gram in Knox County, said Pease.

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy) is a synthetic drug that causes both hallucinogenic and stimulant effects, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center. The drug was developed in Germany in the early 20th Century as an appetite suppressant, but today’s users consume the drug for its hallucinogenic effects, which they claim heighten their senses and make them feel less inhibited, the Center said. Users also consume MDMA for its stimulant properties, which enable them to dance for hours at all-night parties and nightclubs.

Pease said the car also contained an usable amount of marijuana and needles.

The powdered ecstasy is snorted or injected, he said.

The drug is not suspected of being manufactured in Maine, but is more generally seen in Europe, he said.

The two women had been under surveillance for several months, suspected of bringing and selling the drug in the Midcoast, said Pease.

The two were arrested for trafficking in schedule W drugs, and Rader was charged further for violating conditions of release. She had previously been arrested in Rockport for theft and possession of ecstasy. She remains in jail, said Pease, on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 16. Brugger had made bail, he said.