At D.C. District Court this afternoon, Charles Smith (SFS ’14) and John Perrone, a freshman at the University of Richmond, were released under parental custody to their homes in Andover, Massachusetts.
Smith and Perrone will stand trial in court on January 24 for conspiracy to manufacture and possession with intent to distribute DMT, a hallucinogenic drug.
According to Washington City Paper, who spoke with the attorneys defending Smith and Perrone before the hearing, both college students are “very young kids from good families who’ve done some good things.”
“They’re just terrific kids,” David Shertler, who represents Smith and is known in D.C. for his role in the Robert Wone murder case, said.
Perrone’s attorney, G. Allen Dale, argued that his client’s detainment was a “criminal hell.”
“We’re not certain that a crime has been committed,” Dale told City Paper. “How do you have probable cause to search the room if it wasn’t an illegal substance?”
Charles Smith Sr. and Jeff Perrone, the fathers of the arrested college students, were also present in the courtroom this afternoon.
Under the terms of their release, Smith and Perrone must wear electronic monitoring devices, obey nightly curfews, undergo drug and alcohol tests, and enroll in classes or find full-time jobs. They also cannot travel outside of Massachusetts, except to appear in D.C. court, or to fulfill work or school requirements in New Hampshire.
Photo: Arthur Lien
Additional reporting by Emma Forster.