Students charged for manufacturing DMT, arraignment on Monday
7:30 p.m. update: Earlier today, NBC Washington has additional details about the chemicals found in Harbin 926. While searching the room, the officers discovered “a pickle jar filled with a red substance, six mason jars containing a clear substance, and a turkey baster” as well as “a black suitcase [that] emanated strong odors.”
Original post: As reported earlier TBD, the Hoya and DCist, the Metropolitan Police Department charged two Georgetown freshmen and a freshman at the University of Richmond for manufacturing a controlled substance.
Charles Smith, John Romano, and John Perrone were held for questioning on Saturday after University Public Safety officers investigated a strange odor on the ninth floor of Harbin Hall. The officers discovered their so-called “drug lab” shortly after 5 a.m., which prompted an early-morning, building-wide evacuation. The three men were later arrested and removed from campus.
Early reports claimed that they were attempting to produce methamphetamine, however, Drug Enforcement Administration officials later confirmed that the drug was dimethyltryptamine, commonly called DMT.
DMT, a Schedule I drug, is typically consumed for its hallucinogenic properties, according to the DEA Office of Diversion Control. Due to the short hallucinogenic effects associated with the drug, consuming DMT is also known as “the businessman’s high.”
According to the University’s Student Code of Conduct, a student who “intentionally manufacture[s] counterfeit or controlled substance” can be charged with a Category C violation—”the most serious level of infraction.” Category C violations “likely” result in disciplinary suspension or expulsion.
Smith, Romano, and Perrone will be arraigned in court on Monday morning, according to TBD.