Three Arrested Over Georgetown DMT Lab

Two students, one visitor arrested

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    The Metropolitan Police Department released the names of three individuals arrested in connection with a Georgetown University dorm-room drug lab.

    Charles Smith and John Romano, both Georgetown University students, and John Perrone, a guest, were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance. Their ages and addresses have not been released.

    Georgetown University Drug Lab Bust

    [DC] Georgetown University Drug Lab Bust
    Derrick Ward reports that a lab to make DMT was found in a freshman dorm at Georgetown University. (Published Saturday, Oct 23, 2010)

    Perrone was in possession of a Nissan 350ZX with Massachusetts plates.

    The three men were arrested after an investigation into a Harbin Hall dorm room thought to have been used to produce methamphetamine -- a lab that, upon further investigation, was revealed to be used to produce DMT.

    DMT is a hallucinogenic drug said to produce visions of alien encounters and light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel experiences.

    The meth lab was discovered Saturday morning, according to a university spokeswoman.

    Georgetown University Public Safety officers responded to room 926 in Harbin Hall after receiving information about possible narcotics sales occurring from the dorm room. There, campus security officers encountered the three suspects. After securing the scene, they received permission from a university official to search the room.

    They discovered several pieces of suspected contraband -- including a pickle jar filled with a red substance, six mason jars containing a clear substance, and a turkey baster. Other items inside a black suitcase emanated strong odors, and the officers did not inventory these items.

    A Drug Enforcement Administration Clandestine expert called to the scene determined these items were consistent with a clandestine drug lab.

    D.C. Fire and Rescue said that they were called to Harbin Hall on the university campus at about 6:15 a.m. after security guards discovered a drug lab.

    Harbin Hall was evacuated, but D.C. hazmat teams cleared the room and all students were allowed back in. University spokeswoman Julie Bataille said the meth lab was not active.