August 20, 2005
Suspiciously large purchases of sassafras oil and glass containers on the Internet kick-started an investigation into what may be the largest Ecstasy lab uncovered in the state's history, according to federal court records.
Cameron J. Bartley, 30, was charged Friday by the Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office with possession with intent to distribute MDMA, also know as Ecstasy.
The investigation, which started in May, led Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Denver police to the house in the 19000 block of East 53rd Avenue.
Investigators were alerted to a person living at the house buying large amounts of equipment commonly used to make Ecstasy, including glass containers, gas masks and sassafras oil, according to a federal arrest affidavit.