A judge yesterday vowed to stamp out the 'extremely dangerous' drug Ecstasy. Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore placed the 'rave' drug in the same category as heroin in passing sentence on the territory's biggest convicted trafficker of Ecstasy. 'Ecstasy is a dreadful drug and will not be tolerated in Hong Kong,' he said in the High Court. 'Europe is well acquainted with its danger, as is the United States, and it will probably, unless I pass a deterrent sentence upon you, be prevalent here.' Mr Justice Stuart-Moore jailed construction worker Lee Tak-kwan for 12 years. Lee, 38, had pleaded guilty to the trafficking of 12,110 Ecstasy tablets, with a street value of $3.6 million. The judge expressed alarm over the recent increase in police seizures of the drug. 'The sentence imposed should be designed to stop this new drug before it takes hold and becomes more prevalent here.' Lee's barrister, Wong Po-wing, had urged the judge to draw a distinction between heroin, which is addictive, and Ecstasy, which is not. But Mr Justice Stuart-Moore said Ecstasy traffickers deserved the same stiff jail terms as traffickers of heroin, cocaine or 'ice'. 'So let me make this clear,' he told the construction worker. 'I treat you on exactly the same basis as I would for heroin. You were acting as a professional courier for an extremely dangerous drug.' Customs officers at Kai Tak airport stopped Lee as he walked through the 'nothing to declare' channel on August 16 last year. He was clutching a plastic carrier bag filled with pink tablets. Lee said a man had offered him $30,000 to bring the drug to Hong Kong from the Netherlands. Lee, who is married to an American woman living in the US with their eight-year-old son, needed the money to bring them to Hong Kong, Mr Wong told the court.