Suspect in alleged Sumner Co. ecstasy case appears in court - WSMV Channel 4

Suspect in alleged Sumner Co. ecstasy case appears in court

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The man accused of making the party drug MDMA, known as ecstasy, at his home in Sumner County made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Officials with the DEA and 18th Judicial Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a home Wednesday morning on Lassiter Drive in Millersville, where they allegedly found components in the manufacture of ecstasy.

Officials said they found enough substance to make 50,000 doses of ecstasy, which on the street would be worth nearly $500,000.

But that's not all. Agents also found 21 marijuana plants and growing equipment.

The man who lives at the home, Joshua Bailey, denied to federal investigators selling ecstasy or any other drug. He did tell officers, though, he was a member of a group that supplied each other with drugs for personal use.

"He had equipment for the manufacturing for MDMA and did possess MDMA," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Van Vincent.

Bailey has been a Metro Schools employee for eight years, and a spokesperson for the district said he is now on paid administrative leave from his position in the district's IT department.

Authorities said it was Bailey's work e-mail address that helped police close in on him.

"Following up on a email address that went back to Metro Schools, and from that location it was determined of the location of this activity may be occurring," Vincent said.

The alleged activity in the quiet Millersville neighborhood came as a surprise to those who live nearby.

"I never would have guessed anything like this would have happened on our block," said neighbor Alyssa Searcy.

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