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GU Drug Dealers Kept Real DMT, Fake Pot?

One of D.C.'s most privileged neighborhoods seems to be a good place to find DIY druggies. First, Georgetown journalist Howard Arenstein decides to grow giant pot plants in his backyard, now a clandestine dimethyltryptamine (DMT) lab shows up in a dorm at well-heeled Georgetown University.

But the two GU freshmen and campus visitor who were arrested Saturday for setting up a DMT lab in a dorm may have also had something a little lamer than a mind-blowing hallucinogen on hand: Fake pot.

According to a police source, though Charles Smith, John Romano, and campus visitor John Perrone were arrested in connection with DMT, what cops found along with chemicals like acetone and naphtha were several ounces of K2, a synthetic cannabinoid.

Legal for now, K2 is basically an herb sprayed with a chemical that mimics the effect of all-time-funnest chemical THC, which is found in marijuana. DMT and marijuana are sometimes mixed.

Originally, rumors flew that the secret lab was meant to produce meth. That might have been because some of the chemicals discovered could be used to manufacture the notorious drug. But that was before one of the three arrested admitted to cops that the lab, some of the parts of which were kept hidden in a suitcase, was meant to produce DMT.

The lab was discovered when campus police got a tip that drugs were being sold from room 926 in Harbin Hall. Besides chemicals, dry ice, mason jars,  and what might be DMT, they found about $1,300 in an envelope, according to the source. The source adds that Perrone, whose car yielded more evidence, is suspected of being the chemical mastermind behind the operation. (Which is to say, Georgetown's chemistry department may need to step it up.)

The drug case has been transferred to federal court. That essentially implies that Smith and Perrone (prosecutors aren't pursuing a case against Romano) are in serious trouble, and are unlikely to get a mere slap on the wrist.

If it turns out GU had its very own drug kingpins, maybe that has something to do with our current economic slump—the school is ranked the 15th most expensive in the country.

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  • Alex

    Your facts are wrong. Drugs weren't being sold from the room--there was a strange odor coming from it.

  • SEdcDude

    Yo're joking right??

  • Rend Smith

    Alex, Police charging docs contradict the odor story that was initially being floated:"On October 23,2010 officers from the Police Department's Narcotics and Special Investigations Division along with the Georgetown University Public Safety Officers received information that there were individuals selling drugs from room 926 in the dormitory named 'Harbin Hall'..."

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  • Rick Mangus

    Tales of privilege and stupid kids, I'll bet they were white too!

  • http://entao jose santos

    tao a falar mal dos pretos filhos da puta mas quem e que so voces so podem ser pandeleiros ou entao brasileiros alex es tu de quem estamos a falar por isso chunga dev merda lava me essa boca cara de caralho.......... .!.

  • Mithridates

    Fifteen hundred dollars does not equal a Drug kingpin. And are you seriously trying to link the sale of a naturally occurring chemical to the ECONOMIC PREDICAMENT? That's outrageous. It is clear that the author of this article knows next to nothing about DMT...