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Suspect in ecstasy case faces new indictment

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New charges have been filed against a man accused of being the biggest ecstasy dealer in Utah. A federal grand jury has filed a new indictment against Joshua M. Christensen.

Christensen, 31, originally faced one count of distribution of ecstasy. The new indictment includes that charge plus three more counts of distribution of ecstasy with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a chemical used to make GHB and one count of possession of GHB with intent to distribute.

He also was indicted with possessing three handguns used for drug trafficking, according to documents filed in federal court.

In addition, Christensen's alleged drug courier, Lisa Gutierrez, 27, was indicted on one count of possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute.

Each of the drug counts carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison if convicted. A mandatory enhancement of at least five years could be added for the firearms.

Federal investigators believed Christensen is responsible for 80 percent of the ecstasy and GHB sold in Utah annually, with sales generating $6 million each year.

Law enforcers said they believe Christensen has been involved in drug trafficking in Utah for the past 16 years.