Federal jury convicts two Syracuse men after 2011 drug bust

A federal jury convicted two Syracuse men on Wednesday after a drug bust back in 2011. 48-year old Rosario Gambuzza of East Syracuse and 43-year old Ernest Snell of Syracuse are guilty of conspiracy to important and distribute the synthetic drug "molly."

The jury also convicted Gambuzza on 19 counts of money laundering after he wired $73,000 to a co-conspirator in Shanghai, China to buy the drugs.

Nearly two dozen people were arrested in the drug bust back in 2011 after an investigation which began in the Spring of 2009. The drug ring was based in Central New York, distributing over one hundred

kilograms. The drug they were trafficking known as "Molly" is an extremely dangerous drug with effects similar to those of Ecstasy.

It is marketed as a more intense version of Ecstasy, and can cause hallucinations when taken in large amounts. According to federal prosecutors, Molly is the street name for 4-Methylmethcathinone (4-MMC) and 4-Methyl-N-Ethylcathinone (4-MEC).

They both face a 20-year maximum prison sentence with a $1-million dollar fine with three years of supervision after their release. Their sentencing is scheduled for October 11th.