Fake drug producer detained after being 'caught in the act'

A North Carolina man has been detained on a $1m bond after being discovered manufacturing counterfeit and illicit pills using two tablet presses.

Sean Kenneth Lindsay (36) is accused of producing the tablets in a campsite concealed in the woods behind a property in Denton, North Carolina. When local police and Department of Homeland Security officers raided the property, they found around 800 finished tablets, including more than 500 that were copies of prescription drugs such as alprazolam, oxycodone and Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts.

They also found 250g of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy or molly, as well as binding agents dyes and other ingredients used in pill manufacture and firearms (a 12-gauge shotgun, .25-caliber pistol and .38-caliber revolver).

The law enforcement officers told that Lindsay was found at the site operating the tablet presses, which is an unusual occurrence. The location of the illicit production unit was found after a package containing MDMA sent from Belgium was intercepted by Homeland Security and tracked to the Denton address.

Lindsay has been given a court date of June 28.

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