New Illegal Drug Popping Up In East TN

By: Gordon Boyd
By: Gordon Boyd

Knoxville (WVLT) A drug bust on UT's campus could mark the first time the drug DMT has shown up in East Tennessee.

But it may be far from the last.

Volunteer TV's Gordon Boyd has more.

You could call DMT a stealth drug.

To make meth, you need everything from Sudafed to car battery lithium.

Stuff, that in bulk and cooked with toxic fumes, attracts attention.

Vonore police say the arrested students told them they're chemistry majors.

But for DMT you don't need a degree.

To figure out which plants to grind.

And how.

Jennifer Marlin, a UT Senior says, "it's kind of shocking that this would happen on UT's campus."

Four days after the find, many students who don't call Melrose Hall home still had no clue, anything about it.

And they know even less about the drug, police claim two students were making in their dorm room turned lab.

Adam Hood says, "it's kinda scary actually."

Darren Brock with Knoxville Police continues, "get on line and scare yourself, because there's plenty of stuff out there."

Unfortunately, police say, DMT, di-methyl-tryp-tamine, is easier to make, than it is to say or spell.

Brock says, "it's a psychedelic experience, hallucinogenic."

The bigger rush, Investigator Brock says, the potential profits.

"Estimated $20to $30 dollars a hit. That's a little more expensive than LSD, but at the same time, it's more naturally occurring., so the belief is gonna be it's less potent, less toxic than LSD."

A dangerous, and wrong assumption, Brock says.

For freshman Adam Hood, the bigger worry is, "making it in the dorm, cause what if there was like an explosion, chemicals going everywhere?"

Brock says, "does it release the same toxins and gases as methamphetamine does, no?"

Brock and UT officials say Melrose residents likely have been at even less of a risk, because each room has its own heating and cooling.

"There's almost no real way to way it as close as far as the production of it."

Jennifer Marlin, a UT Senior says, "I would think that would invade people;s privacy if you did a search of every room, but I think something needs to be done."

A UT Spokesman says housing officials and administrators will decide over break, what changes they'll make in dorm security.

Brock says, "I would venture that somebody on UT's campus is making or learning how to make it right now. This won't be the only time we'll see it."

What's tougher, is knowing what to look for.

Neither police, nor we want to give anybody a recipe for making this stuff.

Suffice it to say, a Google search will give you as a parent, all you need to know.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2007 at 12:24 AM
    DMT is present in the human brain.
  • by Terence Location: NY on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:00 PM
    DMT is not something that will ever see widespread use in this country. DMT is in no way shape or form a recreational drug. It is not something "fun". For most partakers it holds a much more powerful meaning. It is a spiritual sacrament that leads to intense and profound mystical experiences often refreshing peoples' perceptions of reality and consciousness. It is a shame that these young people decided to extract the Spirit Molecule in such an irresponsible manner. It is also a shame that their actions have led to such negative publicity. As for DMT being a "new" LSD, MDMA, or especially Meth I urge you Gordon Boyd, to do a little more thorough research prior to reporting.
  • by James Location: Knoxville on Dec 5, 2007 at 09:25 PM
    I am amazed by the misinformation surrounding DMT and the law enforcement which is completely ignorant about the nature of it.DMT is naturally produced by the human body in the pineal gland.According to the present laws you should turn yourself in for manufacture of a schedule 1 drug.Sense the insanity?This substance is metabolized harmlessly by the user and the extraction process is not toxic.The "chemical" odor noticed was likely vinegar which is used in the extraction. DMT has been used by South American tribes for hundreds of years in the form of a brew called ayahuasca for spiritual healing. DMT is neither addictive nor dangerous. Why then is it illegal? Ignorance and DEA propoganda are to blame. I'm baffled as to why a harmless human neurotransmitter is as illegal as heroin,while alcohol and tobacco(both addictive and toxic) remain legal despite killing thousands each year.As for the students,it's sad that thier futures have been ruined not by a drug,but by a faulty system.
  • by de Location: oak ridge on Dec 5, 2007 at 07:51 PM
    DMT is not a toxic molecule. It is known as the "god" molecule and is produced in large amounts in the human brain at the moment of death, perhaps as a means of easing our fear at the end. It is a powerful, but short lasting hallucinogen that is found naturally in many plants. It is nothing like meth,and the chemicals used to extract the DMT from plant material are much milder than the chemicals used in meth production. But even more incredulous, what kind of moron gets busted out of town and then tells the cops that he's got a drug lab in another county? There is the true moment of stupidity!
  • by Joe Location: ttown on Dec 5, 2007 at 06:27 PM
    These finds reports will give plenty of students the idea to look it up

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