Stillwater Police Department officers arrived at 523 N. Stanley about 8 p.m. to serve a simple city warrant to a man residing there.
Hours later, a hazmat team left with a trailer full of evidence from a drug bust not seen in Stillwater in decades.
"We came up to serve the warrant," said officer Thomas Comstock. "When they opened the door, it was like ‘Cheech and Chong' all over again."
After wading through the marijuana smoke, Comstock said he and fellow officers found what appeared to be a well-developed mescaline and dimethyltryptamine lab. Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT as it is commonly called, and mescaline are psychedelic drugs, Comstock said.
Comstock said police arrested five people ages 17 to 23, some of which may have been students or former students at Oklahoma State University.
A call to the Payne County Jail revealed the arrestees had not been booked there, and calls to the Stillwater Jail were not immediately returned.
Officer Royce Stephens was the lead officer on the case, and said this was only the second DMT lab he can remember.
Stephens said it has been more than a decade since he can remember hearing of a mescaline bust in Stillwater.
The process of making mescaline and DMT is different than making methamphetamines, Stephens said.
But he said there are still dangerous chemicals in play, which is why the hazmat crew was summoned.
"If these guys can make it, it must not be too hard," Stephens said.
Hazmat crews finished sealing up evidence and diluting dangerous chemicals around 10:30 p.m. And Comstock said he was ready for a break after being at the house for hours.
"(The arrestees) already got a chance to sit down," he said. "We haven't had a break."
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