Defendants to plead guilty in DMT case

In the last few days new charges were formally filed against Charles Smith (SFS ’14) and John Perrone regarding their involvement in the operation of the DMT lab found in Harbin last October.

According to the filing documents, Smith and Perrone “did unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally manufacture a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT.”

Both Smith and Perrone, a freshman at the University of Richmond at the time of his arrest, are charged with one federal count and one D.C. count for unlawfully manufacturing a controlled substance.

Court documents indicate that the case has been resolved by a plea agreement.

“Counsel for the defendants and the government have reached an agreement that will resolve the matter by a pre-indictment plea,” according to a motion filed by the defense attorney.

Prior to the agreement the case was set to go to trial beginning today. As of now no court date has been set for the pleadings.

Photo: Arthur Lien

6 Comments on “Defendants to plead guilty in DMT case

  1. I don’t remember the name of the other dude that was dropped from the case, but did he return to campus?

  2. They lawfully manufactured DMT? Er, shouldn’t the charges read unlawfully?

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