October 24th, 2010
08:04 AM ET

Georgetown drug lab busted

A drug lab was discovered in a Georgetown dorm.

Some students at Georgetown University are trying to understand how someone could have operated a drug lab in a dorm room at the school.

"I would understand if someone got caught doing it. Making it, that's different. It's shocking," 19-year-old sophomore Gina Park told the Washington Post.

Saturday morning two Georgetown University students and a campus visitor - all male - were arrested in connection to a suspected drug lab found inside a dormitory, said D.C. Metro Officer police said. All are at least 18.

They are facing charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, said Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman.  None were identified.

Police received a call shortly before 6 a.m. about a foul odor at Georgetown's Harbin Hall. Initially, police thought the lab was for producing meth, but later said it was used to make Dimethyltryptamine, a hallucinogenic drug commonly known as DMT.  FULL STORY

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  1. Sober Steve

    Um....hello.....with all due respect to Georgetown U......it IS NOT an "Ivy League School". If found guilty, these "students" should never be allowed to see the light of day again.

    October 24, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Wow, life in prison? are you serious?

      October 24, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Numbaoneballa

      Wow... And people wonder why we have (by far) the worlds highest per capita prison rate. Crazies like you who think young people should be locked in a cage for harming no one. Land of the free indeed. Get some help for your dark soul.

      October 24, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Margaret

    Georgetown isn't an Ivy League school. Why is it surprising that this would happen at a good school? I'm in no way surprised.

    October 24, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Clare Quilty

    Georgetown is NOT an Ivy League school. The reporter needs to look up "Ivy League," clearly and not throw words onto the page at random. The Ivy League consists of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania.

    October 24, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. tim

    So what if it was or wasn't a ivy league... They were making drugs in the dorm.... Look at more important things in your life....

    October 24, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Seamus Wardowski

    This is what happens when affirmative action becomes more important than grades and achievements. Next thing you know MTV Cribs will be doing a show at Harvard.

    October 24, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      You do realize both arrested students are white right?

      October 24, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lisa baby

    Ivy league or not a totally STUPID thing to do in a very idiotic place

    October 24, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. WhiteKong78

    I think 20 years is an acceptable sentence. Synthetic drugs are dangerous to make and are quite dangerous to use. These kids were smart enough to make them, so they should have been smart enough to know the risks.

    October 24, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Numbaoneballa

      Psychotic! 20 years for harming no one? You are a perfect example of the ludicrous nature of prohibition and the war on drugs.

      October 24, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Angry

      First of all, DMT is not synthetic. In fact, it is present IN THE HUMAN BODY, all the time. They were probably extracting it from plants (which have been used in ayahuasca brews for literally thousands of years). The procedure to extract this chemical, and the same exact chemicals, are used in any introduction to organic chemistry lab. This was not a terribly dangerous operation. It was reckless to carry this out in a dorm room, but not dangerous enough to warrant jail time.

      Second, I have yet to hear of one death or even lasting health problem resulting from DMT use. It is quite possible that there have been a few that simply have gone under the radar, but it is not a dangerous drug (when compared to alcohol and "hard" drugs). It is also a drug that is unpleasant enough that most users will not take it frequently. The fact that it is used experimentally by very few individuals means that it has virtually no market value. Most people simply haven't even heard of it. Therefore, it is unlikely that they were producing it with the intent of making money. This would be a very unprofitably operation.

      This is what happens when a country's drug policies are based on deceptive propaganda. This forum reads like a 1950's public service message about marijuana. It is truly sad that these students may spend time in prison for such a harmless act. Binge drinking actually kills students, but it is treated as a minor infraction. I simply don't understand why there is no public outcry about this ridiculous overreaction.

      October 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WhiteKong78

    It's a reporter's job to get facts straight. The media causes enough problems in the world, so at least they could get their facts straight. By incorrectly labeling Georgetown an Ivy League school it suggests that every other Ivy League school has this same problem. There are lots of journalists or editors who check facts that could use a job.

    October 24, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. WhiteKong78

    Thanks for generalizing me. You obviously don't know how dangerous the chemicals are they use. You also probably don't know that if made incorrectly a synthetic drug can kill someone. These kids endangered everyone around them for the sake of profit. How much time would a black guy get for cooking up crack? You're a perfect example of why there are so many problems in the world. Ignance must be bliss.

    October 24, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • dramarama95

      just like the tobacco industry...

      October 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WhiteKong78

    For the record I'm for the legalization of pot. I'm also for eradicating the cocaine and poppy fields in Asia and South America instead of allowing vulture thugs to turn kids into junkies. Then I would focus law enforcement on synthetics. Tell a dead crack baby that drugs don't hurt anyone. You may go back to your chron and fruity pebbles now.

    October 24, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. WhiteKong78

    Ever hear of a meth lab exploding is someone's basement? Maybe if you put down the chron and fruity pebbles you might know more about the world you live in. I'm actually still in college and not that old.

    October 24, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      DMT is not meth. DMT is the chemical released by your brain during dreams and right before death. None one has EVER overdosed on DMT. You extract DMT from plants. Extracting DMT does not have the risk of explosion like meth.

      October 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mojomomma

    Theres nothing wrong with chron i like coco puffs with mine

    October 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michelle

    Ah, numbballs – I haven't seen your blogs in a while and almost forgot you existed. Did you just get of jail?

    October 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michelle

    And what the heck is "chron"? Someone?...

    October 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rocketship

    All the acid has always come from colleges or at least most of it. These students are just having fun and opening their minds.

    October 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
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