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.

53 Comments on “Students charged for manufacturing DMT, arraignment on Monday

  1. Hang on second Joe, these people are rightfully upset that students who don’t have the common sense to avoid doing some of this stuff managed to make it past admissions. I personally think admissions definitely did screw up on the class of 2014. I happen to know for a fact that these incidents are not the only serious infractions to have been committed by this class, they’re just the 2 most prominent ones. And I understand your view that pornography is certainly legal, but that doesn’t make it a good decision. A lot of things are legal that probably shouldn’t be, and a lot of things are illegal that probably shouldn’t be. Are you going to make moral judgements based on this countries legal system, especially when more and more people on death row are exonerated every year because of DNA evidence? Just because something is legal doesn’t make it morally defensable.

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