DMT arrest update: John Romano released, others held without bail
8:40 p.m. update: The Collegian reports that University of Richmond and Henrico County police searched Perrone’s dorm room on Saturday after learning of his arrest, but found no contraband.
6:38 p.m. update: Washington City Paper‘s Rend Smith reports that officers from the Metropolitan Police Department confiscated chemicals, dry ice, mason jars, and an envelope with $1,300 in cash from the room in Harbin. They also found some K2, a legal, synthetic marijuana.
Officers also searched the car belonging to John Perrone, the student visiting from the University of Richmond, which “yielded more evidence.”
4:30 p.m. update: TBD has published a copy of the charging documents, which we’ve re-published after the jump. According to the documents, Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotics and Special Investigations Division and University Public Safety officers “received information that there were individuals selling drugs” from Smith and Romano’s dorm room, Harbin 926. After Romano answered the door, the officers “recieved authorization” to search the room.
While searching the room, officers found “a green plant substance, a carbon dioxide cannister, homemade smoking devices, a grinder, a jar containing a red liquid substance, and a styrofoam cooler with dry ice and several jars containing a clear liquid substance.” They also found “a suitcase that has a strong chemical odor and contained ammonia, salt, lighter fluid, rubber gloves, and a turkey baster.” Later, Smith told an officer “that he believed it to be a ‘DMT lab’.”
According to Metropolitan Police Department Officer Alvin Cardinal‘s statement, a Drug Enforcement Administration officer told him “that the combination of chemicals present in the room were in themselves potentially highly flammable and explosive, and thus highly dangerous.”
3:35 p.m. update: The Hoya spoke with Romano’s lawyer, who said that the prosecution is “going pretty hard” on Smith and Perrone.
“Romano is doing remarkably well … not sure he is returning to school,” he said.
3:25 p.m. update: TBD reports that Smith and Perrone will be federally charged for “conspiracy to manufacture” and “possession with intent to distribute” DMT. According to Perone’s lawyer, who spoke with TBD reporter Dave Jamieson, the University of Richmond freshman was simply visiting Georgetown and “not tied to drugs.”
Smith and Perrone’s detention and preliminary hearings will be held on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Original post: During this afternoon’s arraignment hearing at the D.C. District Court, it was announced that one Georgetown freshmen will be released by authorities.
John Romano, who was arrested on Saturday after authorities discovered a so-called “DMT lab” in his ninth-floor Harbin Hall dormitory room, will be released and no charges will be brought against him.
Charlie Smith, a Georgetown freshman who also lives in the room, and John Perrone, a freshman at the University of Richmond, will be held without bail until at least Wednesday, according to ABC7 reporter Julie Parker, who broke the news on Twitter.
We’ll have more throughout the day.