MUNCIE -- A Ball State University chemistry student from Winchester might have been learning a bit too much from a classmate in an organic chemistry class.
Robert Carlyle Kennedy -- who celebrated his 21st birthday on Monday -- was arrested Tuesday on allegations he had set up what a police detective called a "fairly elaborate operation" in his near-campus apartment to add hallucinogenic chemicals from the roots of mushrooms to marijuana.
Kennedy was preliminarily charged with dealing in a controlled substance, a Class A felony carrying a standard 30-year prison term. He was being held without bond Wednesday in the Delaware County jail.
Tuesday's arrest, by campus police, came as a result of a July 21 visit that two members of the Muncie Police Department's drug unit made to Kennedy's home in the 400 Apartments complex, 818 W. Riverside Ave.
Officers Bret Elam and Nathan Sloan went to the apartment based on a tip that a methamphetamine lab was set up there. Given permission to enter the apartment by another tenant, the detectives reported finding no meth, but instead "psilocyblin mushroom production, ... and a chemical process in the kitchen."
According to Sloan's report, Kennedy reported the mushrooms actually belonged to two other men, one of them a fellow student in BSU's organic chemistry program, but he acknowledged he was "loosely tending to them."
Kennedy gave the officer a detailed account of breaking down the plant root to obtain DMT, a crystalline substance added to marijuana before smoking "to obtain a hallucinogenic effect," the report said.
Sloan wrote that while the "chemical process" was mainly in the apartment's kitchen, "the mushroom-growing process was present in almost all portions of the house."
Lt. Al Williams of the MPD drug unit said Wednesday that Kennedy wasn't arrested until this week in part to allow for completion of tests by state police chemists.
"It was a fairly elaborate set-up" that included chemical procedures the drug unit had not encountered before, Williams said.
Also arrested, as part of unrelated investigations, by members of the drug unit on Tuesday were:
Justin Ryan Bennett, 22, 4204 S. Pinewood Drive, preliminarily charged with dealing in a controlled substance.
He is accused of selling prescription medication to an agent for the drug unit in June.
Janelle Arline Jones, 23, 11100 E. Ind. 32, Selma, preliminarily charged with two counts of dealing in cocaine.
She is accused of twice selling the drug to agents of the drug unit this month.
Terry Tieyounne Miles Sr., 27, 1018 E. Willard St., charged with dealing in cocaine. He allegedly was in the process of selling the drug at 15th Street and May Avenue, when arrested.
During an interview, Miles reportedly told officers he had been selling a pound of cocaine per week. He was convicted of child molesting in 2003.
All three were being held without bond in the county jail.
"We're trying to cover all our bases," Williams said of Tuesday's arrests.
23 September 2010
What the fuck? These guys have no idea what they're talking about...
Reading this, what I guessing is that the kid was extracting the DMT from mimosa hostilis root bark, and the mushroom growing operation was a separate deal... Who in the hell would go through the trouble to produce DMT from psilocybin from the mushroom's "roots" (mushrooms don't even have roots - mycelium and roots are not analogous)...
Either these guys screwed up in the reporting, or they are seriously misinformed...