Canadian Police Dispute U.S. Claims About Ecstasy

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian police are disputing a claim that Canadian organized crime rings are pumping a dangerous combination of ecstasy laced with methamphetamine into the United States.

U.S. drug czar John Walters recently released a statement warning public health and safety officials of the dangers posed by the turbo-charged ecstasy from Canada.

The head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s national drug branch says he’s puzzled why Walters would issue the statement without checking facts with Canada.

The Canadian official says there’s nothing new about meth-laced ecstasy and he disputes information in the release that is attributed to his agency.

U.S. officials haven’t commented on the dispute.