Four men were arrested this morning as federal drug agents busted a South Buffalo laboratory where a potent psychedelic drug known as dimethyltryptamine — or DMT — was being manufactured illegally.
The clandestine drug lab was believed to have been operated for at least the past six months in a house on Fredro Street, in the Clinton-Bailey area, said Dale Kasprzyk, a Buffalo supervisor of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
"To our knowledge, this is the first DMT lab busted in Western New York, and only the third ever in New York state," Kasprzyk said. "DMT is a drug that is just beginning to emerge in this area."
Arrested on felony drug conspiracy charges were:
• Leigh K., He was described by agents as the "chemist" who made the DMT.
• David R, 25, whose Fredro Street residence hosted the lab.
• Nicholas R, 21, and Britton H, 22, alleged sellers of the drug.
DEA agents worked on the investigation with Cheektowaga Police, Buffalo Police and the New York State Police, Kasprzyk said.
More detailed information will be released by the U.S. Attorney's office at federal court later today, the agent said.