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Chinese ecstasy bust is a Pasco family affair

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TAMPA - Like father, like son, like grandson.

Three generations of a Pasco County family were arrested this week, accused of working together to buy drugs from China and sell them in the United States.

Daniel Brian Springer, son Daniel Brian Springer II and grandson Daniel Brian Springer III all face a charge of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute narcotics, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court.

Investigators said the Springers bought 2 pounds of the drug MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, from Nanjing, China.

The drug was delivered to the Pasco County home of the eldest Springer last month by an undercover agent for the U.S. Postal Service, investigators said.

Springer, 63, told the agent it was the second package of drugs delivered to his address, the complaint states. Springer II, 44, and Springer III, 23, met the elder Springer later that day to pick up the package. According to court documents, the youngest Springer said he ordered the drugs online.

The grandfather told investigators he thought the package contained marijuana, and Springer II said he thought it was bath salts, the complaint states.

Agents tested the crystal-like substance and confirmed it was MDMA.

Springer III told investigators he was going to keep a portion of the drug for himself and the rest would be used to "make some money," court documents state.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies arrested the Springers on Wednesday in Lutz; U.S. marshals took them into federal custody Thursday.

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