3:15 p.m. update: According to the Washington Post, two students and one “campus visitor” were arrested earlier today in response to the drug lab found in Harbin Hall. The Post spoke with Piringer, who provided more details about the lab itself.
“They did have some heating equipment. They did have a ventilation system,” he said, adding that officers found “a variety of chemicals” inside the dorm room.
1:49 p.m. update: The drug lab found in Harbin Hall did not produce methamphetamine, according to campus officials who spoke with ABC 7, who passed the information along to DCFD. Allegedly, the lab was meant to produce dimethyltryptamine, a hallucinogenic drug.
12:40 p.m. update: According to MPD officer Hugh Carew, the three students “persons of interest” MPD detained were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ellen Thein, a freshman who DPS escorted back into Harbin to get her inhaler, said that DPS will escort residents into the building one at a time if they have critical needs. These include medication or the need to accommodate travel plans.
“They said, ‘You’d better change your pants,’” Thein said, adding that she figured this meant that Harbin Hall will remain evacuated for some time.
She grabbed a pair of pants for her roommate, Charlotte Kelly (COL ’14), who was not allowed back into the building.
“They won’t tell us much, so I’ve been getting all my information from the Internet or news,” Kelly said. “I would really like to brush my teeth.”
12:15 p.m. update: MPD Sergeant Raul Mendez confirms that three students were detained.
Original post: The early-morning evacuation of Harbin Hall was a response to the discovery of methamphetamine lab on the ninth floor of the dormitory, as earlier rumors alleged.
According to the Washington Post, the Department of Public Safety discovered the lab at approximately 5 a.m. while responding to a report of “strange odors” from a ninth-room floor in the dormitory.
After the jump, MPD finds chemicals for drug production, but no drugs, and fire alarms fail to sound when activated.
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