2 Arrested Following Drug Bust On UT's Campus

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) A search of a UT dorm, turned up a drug lab, a drug never before found in Knoxville, and led to the arrest of two students.

Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy has more.

One room at Melrose Hall remains under quarantine tonight, just two days after a meth task force was called in to clean up a drug lab inside.
19 year old Erik Benson Kenney of Loudon, and 19 year old John Chalmers Thompson of Madisonville were arrested in Vonore on Friday and arraigned in jail today on charges of manufacture, sale, and possession of marijuana and a drug called DMT.

UT police first learned of the potential for a drug lab at Melrose Hall after being contacted by Vonore police.

UT police served a search warrant at Melrose residence hall early Saturday morning.

Inside they say they found a clandestine lab, marijuana and DMT, which is a rare hallucinogen and narcotic.

A meth task force was called in to the dorm to help clean-up the lab.

KPD says this is the first case they've seen of the drug.

UT also says that because all rooms at Melrose have self-contained heating and air systems, they do not believe any other rooms were contaminated.

They confirm that Kenney and Thompson are sophomores at UT.

Both will be back in court on January 9th.

Both also face charges in Monroe County.


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  • by Titus Location: Houston on Dec 19, 2007 at 02:15 PM
    DMT is the main chemical in many entheogenic plants, and due to the research of Rick Strassman, is becoming the focus of the neo-shamanism movement which is a movement to restore shamanism found in every religion including Christianity. Thats right! This may be a case of Religious Discrimination.
  • by Aleister Location: Tennessee on Dec 4, 2007 at 07:48 PM
    Anyone reading this article should know what DMT is. It is not meth, it is not LSD, it is not marijuana; it is a natural chemical produced by the human brain. Yep, that's right, every human on the planet is producing DMT in his or her own brain every night as we sleep. Since it is a naturally-occuring chemical, it is not dangerous to produce, since production only involves extracting the chemical out of tree bark. There are none of the dangers associated with meth labs, and everyone in UT's Melrose Hall should be aware that they are in no danger! Anyone interested in learning about what this "new" drug actually is should check out Rick Strassman's peer-reviewed study of the chemical in his book DMT: The Spirit Molecule. Or maybe the media will follow up to this story with the entire non-misleading truth about this event so that these two kids might not be labeled as reckless drug-pushing meth heads!

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