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DMT lab discovered in Radford

Radford Police-webBy TRAVIS HANDY

travis@southwesttimes.com

RADFORD—Investigators with Raford City Police Department and members of the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force followed tips to a residence at 421 Sanford St., Radford on March 25 to execute a search warrant in regards to illegal sale of marijuana. As a result the two agencies discovered materials associated with a DMT lab and three arrests were made.

The department made entry into the apartment in the Copper Beech community around 7:30 p.m. Monday, seizing marijuana, numerous smoking devices, over $5,000 in cash, along with “numerous items” associated with the manufacture of DMT. A DMT lab is similar in makeup to a meth lab and uses some of the same ingredients, according to a March 26 release from Radford City Police.

The police department was following drug intelligence when they executed the warrant on the residence and notified the Radford City Fire Department, according to Lt. R.A. Wilburn, “just to be on the safe side.” The fire department responded to check for hazardous materials and test for air quality. Wilburn said no apartments were evacuated and no residents were believed to be in any danger.

Two of the apartment’s residents, Casey Michael Gleich, age 19 of Radford, and Colin Parker Hope, 20 of Radford, were arrested along with Lucas Michael Nelson, 18 of Hampton. Nelson is not a resident of the apartment.

Nelson has been charged with conspiring to sell or distribute more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana and conspiring to manufacture a Schedule I or II controlled substance. He is being held at New River Valley Regional Jail on $1,000 bond.

Gleich was charged with conspiring to sell or distribute more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana, conspiring to manufacture a Schedule I or II controlled substance, as well as manufacturing a Schedule I or II controlled substance. Gleich is being held at NRVRJ on $1,500 bond.

 

Charges against Hope include conspiring to sell or distribute more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana, manufacturing a Schedule I or II controlled substance, distribution of more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana but less than 5 pounds and conspiring to manufacture a Schedule I or II controlled substance. He is also being held at NRVRJ on a $2,500 bond.

 

It is not clear whether any of the three men are Radford University students.

41 Responses to DMT lab discovered in Radford

  1. Bobby howard

    March 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I was under the impression that dmt was a natural chemical that occured in the brain when you died! So i thought that it was natural. This artical tells me other wise. So i looked into it & i was right its a natural drug. So to compair it to a math lab and state that they use the same stuff is not true. Dmt is a hormone that i relesed in you brain when you die. The budist monks use it to reach”nirvana” so maybe they were making somethin in their. But if it has anything other than natural ingreedience’s than it is not dmt.

  2. concerned county resident

    March 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

    These guys were making something and they are not dead. It does not sound like they were monks either. Synthetic Dimethyltryptamine may be manufactured with similar processes and common everyday items like meth. Do some more research. It saddens me people are addicted to this junk and these home druggies are making money off them. Earnest prayers for the addicts to get cleaned up and for the public safety people put into harms way everyday.

  3. more concerned county resident

    March 29, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I know where you pulled those facts from and it wasn’t from a scientific journal. DMT isn’t “manufactured”, its extracted from plants. Just about every living thing has DMT in it, including you (in very very low amounts albeit). DMT, like most hallucinogens, isn’t addictive. I find it funny they are using the word “lab”, its really just a work space. Nothing particularly dangerous about the extraction at all. Your simply washing out various things from the plant until you’re left with a purer compound. You won’t find many “addicts” using DMT. It’s nicknamed “business man’s lsd” for its hallucinogenic and short lived high (only last 20 minutes or so). Go learn something before you spread more nonsense.

    • anonymous

      March 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

      thank you, i’m glad someone has some common sense and knows what they are talking about.

  4. anonymous

    March 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Don’t make assumptions about people you don’t know. These are not addicts, they’re great people with futures, they just got into the wrong place at the wrong time. Like most people in America. They are NOT addicts, if you know anything at all, you cant get addicted to marijuana. and do your research. DMT is not anything at all related with meth, those ARE THE REAL ADDICTS. People who can’t go a day without smoking out of crack pipe with crystal meth. I dont think thats crystal meth now is it? NO. DMT is a psychedelic. No one was in any harms way. God, people get your facts straight before you start saying not true things. bobby howard you are correct, it is a NATURAL chemical makeup in your brain. It’s almost like when you dream, again a psychedelic. I pray for them, for someone to be looking down on them giving them HOPE. because these are amazing people. I’ve done my research, I know what I’m talking about and I hope to not see anymore negative comments about them.

  5. concerned county resident

    March 29, 2013 at 10:59 am

    The police need to round up some more people. Give your money to these people extracting these natural substances from the plants and the squirrels. Or whatever. Any type of person looking for a psychedelic “high” and willing to beg,borrow, steal, or spend their last dime on it is an addict. The families of these people are not looking at it so harmlessly. I work with these parents and spouses everyday. The family counselors trying to help these people get back into society would not agree with you either. You can justify in your mind all you want. Families are hurting because of it. The people making this to sell are criminals and the people using it are drug addicts.

    • anonymous

      March 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      These people are not criminals. and they are not willing to “beg, borrow, or steal”. they never did any of the kind. The families of these people are doing everything in their power to help their children. You’re looking at this as if they are horrible human beings. They are not horrible or criminals. Don’t talk about people when you don’t know anything about them. they are NOT drug addicts. stop saying that. you dont know what your saying. Maybe other people who actually do crack and meth are horrible human beings but marijuana if you didnt already know, is legal in colorado and decriminalized in California, and eventually will be in other states as well. I’m not saying they didn’t get themselves into a bad place and didn’t do anything wrong but these people all graduated high school with outstanding grades, have amazing family lives and friends who are standing behind them all the way.

      • cat

        March 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        So if you graduate high school with good grades you can’t possibly break the law? The State of Colorado might say you can buy pot but the federal government does not agree. Therefore, it is still not legal to buy pot in Colorado. Just because you may not like a law does not mean you don’t have to obey it, this herd of druggies included.

        • Southwest reader

          April 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

          Cat,

          Marijuana is legal under state law in Washington and Colorado. It’s also legal and considered medicine in 18 states.

          If you subtracted the votes of people over 65 who did not grow up with marijuana (or gays & minorities for that matter), then what would be left would be overwhelming support for taxing marijuana and regulating it like alcohol.

          When you call these 3 young men “druggies” it’s a reflection on your views toward illegal drugs and acknowledgement of your unwillingness to be fair towards people from different backgrounds who might not agree with you.

        • anonymous

          April 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

          i didnt say that now did i? why dont you crawl out from under your rock and realize whats going on around you? these arent druggies. you do realize that there are way worse crimes going on around you, like murder, rape, kidnapping, meth, crack, heroin, etc…those are the people who should be being sentenced to years in jail and not have any sympathy on them. not people getting charged for marijuana, which is such a petty crime now a days. Eventually, marijuana will be legal, you realize how many people are fighting to have this drug legal. It doesn’t harm anyone in anyway. I dont like seeing these negative comments about them cause you dont know anything about these people.

          • cat

            April 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm

            Way worse crimes? In the opionion of whom? The law is the law is the law. You don’t get to break it just because you don’t like it. I hate driving the speed limit but it is a law, so I am obliged to those around me to do so. As far as a pot being a friendly drug, early in my career I met a child whose mother traded her to an older man for a little pot. She does not agree that pot is harmless. @Southwest Reader, while I disagree, I appreciate the well thoughtout, courteous reply.

      • concerned county resident

        March 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm

        The producers are not the ones begging, borrowing, or stealing…it is the people who are trying to purchase the product. I do know some of the people involved so don’t you assume anything either. Opinions are like noses..everyone has one. I have yet to find a family, in my professional (Postdoctoral) career, who embraces the life choices of a family member who is creating psychedelic drugs in the kitchen. The children and spouses are devastated when the natural, tree hugging, plant based psychedelic drug pusher is busted. I can’t even count how many times the grandparents are tasked with raising young grandchildren because their child is the criminal or the addict. The good times aren’t rolling for 60+ year old granny and gramps now with kids in elementary school. The children are devastated and uprooted. I am not just talking about illegal drugs. Plenty of people are hooked on prescribed drugs and they are addicts too. Addiction is harmful to individuals and to families.

      • Benjamin

        March 31, 2013 at 11:39 pm

        there but for the grace of god go I

        • Benjamin

          March 31, 2013 at 11:44 pm

          and you ???

    • Really

      April 2, 2013 at 12:23 am

      If you work with those people every day then all you get to see are people who abuse the substances. That’s exactly like saying “I teach VASAP class and I see all these people with drinking problems everyday and it’s so bad” But what about all the people who drink and don’t have a problem with it? They don’t abuse it but rather use it to relax after a hard day of work.

      This explains why your opinion is so biased. You’ve only met people who have a problem with addiction.

      If you had met different people you would have a completely different outlook but that won’t happen for you because you are probably very narrow minded judging by your reasoning in your post.

  6. John boy & Billy

    March 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Anyone who thinks that LSD, mushrooms, or Dmt is anything at all like meth is obviously misinformed. Psychedelics are nothing like meth. They aren’t even addictive. It’s pretty much just like dreaming.

    Meth is totally different and destroys lives and causes more crime.

    Marijuana and Dmt do not cause addiction or violence or more crime. It’s th truth however inconvenient to the law enforcement industrial complex.

    Meth, Herion, Methodone, crack, cocaine, these are all terrible drugs that need to be eliminated from our society as soon as possible.

    Marijuana, mushrooms, LSD, estasy, these drugs do not cause violence, or addiction like drug warriors claim. Sure if you smoke pot all day for 3 weeks and then don’t smoke the next night, sure you might feel like you can’t relax like you could the prior 3 weeks but its barely noticeable at all.

    People can’t get “addicted” to psychedelics. They aren’t like cocaine, herion, meth, or your Marlboros. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this group of drugs except for the fact that they are illegal.

    Herion, meth, coke, all much worse.

    This county’s problem isn’t even illegal drugs are much as legal drugs. Besides meth, illegal drugs aren’t hurting this county. It’s legal drugs like Percocet, lortab, OxyContin, methadone. These legal drugs are being sniffed in powder form and they are the reason why so many people here don’t have teeth!!!

    Marijuana is about as harmful as a potato. The only bad thing about it is the law and that’s changing.

    The same people who think marijuana is the “devil’s grass” are the same group of people who dislike minorities and LGBT Americans.

    It’s just the crowd born before 1950 that have never really had a black friend, or a gay friend, or a friend who smoked pot instead of going to the liquor store.

    If all these old people would just crawl out from under the rock they hide under and interact with people and experience our society we wouldn’t even have these stupid laws in the first place.

    I got in trouble for marijuana recently and it has destroyed my life. I earned an MBA from Radford that is useless to me now because of a pot charge. When will people WAKE UP and stop repeating NONSENSE!

  7. Graduate of Radford MBA program

    March 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Anyone who thinks that LSD, mushrooms, or Dmt is anything at all like meth is obviously misinformed. Psychedelics are nothing like meth. They aren’t even addictive. It’s pretty much just like dreaming.

    Meth is totally different and destroys lives and causes more crime.

    Marijuana and Dmt do not cause addiction or violence or more crime. It’s th truth however inconvenient to the law enforcement industrial complex.

    Meth, Herion, Methodone, crack, cocaine, these are all terrible drugs that need to be eliminated from our society as soon as possible.

    Marijuana, mushrooms, LSD, these drugs do not cause violence, or addiction like drug warriors claim. Sure if you smoke pot all day for 3 weeks and then don’t smoke the next night, sure you might feel like you can’t relax like you could the prior 3 weeks but its barely noticeable at all.

    People can’t get “addicted” to psychedelics. They aren’t like cocaine, herion, meth, or your Marlboros. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this group of drugs except for the fact that they are illegal.

    Herion, meth, coke, all much worse.

    This county’s problem isn’t even illegal drugs are much as legal drugs. Besides meth, illegal drugs aren’t hurting this county. It’s legal drugs like Percocet, lortab, OxyContin, methadone. These legal drugs are being sniffed in powder form and they are the reason why so many people here don’t have teeth!!!

    Marijuana is about as harmful as a potato. The only bad thing about it is the law and that’s changing.

    The same people who think marijuana is the “devil’s grass” are the same group of people who dislike minorities and LGBT Americans.

    It’s just the crowd born before 1950 that have never really had a black friend, or a gay friend, or a friend who smoked pot instead of going to the liquor store.

    If all these old people would just crawl out from under the rock they hide under and interact with people and experience our society we wouldn’t even have these stupid laws in the first place.

    I got in trouble for marijuana recently and it has destroyed my life. I earned an MBA from Radford that is useless to me now because of a pot charge. When will people WAKE UP and stop repeating NONSENSE!

    • other county resident

      April 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Too bad you got into trouble for marijuana recently and say getting into trouble has destroyed your life. You should start your own business. One that is not illegal. Keep your habit on the side and not let it interfere going forward.

  8. My voice should be heard, not silenced by Southwest Times #freespeech

    March 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Anyone who thinks that LSD, mushrooms, or Dmt is anything at all like meth is obviously misinformed. Psychedelics are nothing like meth. They aren’t even addictive. It’s pretty much just like dreaming.

    Meth is totally different and destroys lives and causes more crime.

    Marijuana and Dmt do not cause addiction or violence or more crime. It’s th truth however inconvenient to the law enforcement industrial complex.

    Meth, Herion, Methodone, crack, cocaine, these are all terrible drugs that need to be eliminated from our society as soon as possible.

    Marijuana, mushrooms, LSD, estasy, these drugs do not cause violence or addiction like drug warriors claim. Sure if you smoke pot all day for 3 weeks and then don’t smoke the next night, sure you might feel like you can’t relax like you could the prior 3 weeks but its barely noticeable at all.

    People can’t get “addicted” to psychedelics. They aren’t like cocaine, herion, meth, or your Marlboros. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this group of drugs except for the fact that they are illegal.

    Herion, meth, coke, all much worse.

    This county’s problem isn’t even illegal drugs are much as legal drugs. Besides meth, illegal drugs aren’t hurting this county. It’s legal drugs like Percocet, lortab, OxyContin, methadone. These legal drugs are being sniffed in powder form and they are the reason why so many people here don’t have teeth!!!

    Marijuana is about as harmful as a potato. The only bad thing about it is the law and that’s changing.

    The same people who think marijuana is the “devil’s grass” are the same group of people who dislike minorities and LGBT Americans.

    It’s just the crowd born before 1950 that have never really had a black friend, or a gay friend, or a friend who smoked pot instead of going to the liquor store.

    If all these old people would just crawl out from under the rock they hide under and interact with people and experience our society we wouldn’t even have these stupid laws in the first place.

    I got in trouble for marijuana recently and it has destroyed my life. I earned an MBA from Radford that is useless to me now because of a pot charge. When will people WAKE UP and stop repeating NONSENSE!

  9. My voice should be heard, not silenced by Southwest Times #freespeech

    March 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I’ve had my comments deleted by the staff because I’m guessing they don’t agree. Well if you don’t want people to discuss drug policy, don’t post destructive articles about drug arrests all over the Internet!

    • anonymous

      April 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      AMEN!

    • Thank you

      April 2, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Thank you for supporting an open and candid conversation about drug policy. Thank you for re-posting the previously deleted comments. Thank you.

  10. det7786

    March 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Concerned county resident should be concerned with how your tax payer money is being spent to fight a war on drugs that is both a failure from a moral and pragmatic standpoint.

    On a pragmatic view the consequences of prohibition have an impact on you even if you don’t do any drugs even alcohol or marijuana. For one it puts addicts who are not criminals into the criminal justice system and even in jail. It overcrowds a for profit jail system (Wounder why a jail system is for profit) and costs you money both in jailing addicts and court cases.

    In addition to wasting money on a effort that is both immoral and not working, prohibition also puts hundreds of billions of dollars into organized crime. Which further adds to the jail population and court cases and crime overall. Gang activity is almost entirely funded with drugs.

    Also the war on drugs is not working. People are still doing, selling, and buying drugs at alarming rates. Making them illegal is not having the desired effect. In countries were drug use is decriminalized, drug use does not see a significant rise in drug use. I trust that adults in this country are not a bunch of raging heroin addicts that need the government to protect them.

    The war on drugs is also immoral. For one its racist, two it takes a medical issue and makes it a criminal issue, and three its a violation of civil liberties.

    The war on drugs dis-proportionally punishes minorities, a majority of drug offenses are charged against minorities. Up until 2012 crack carried a jail term up to 100 times higher than cocaine even though they are a similar drug.

    The war on drugs also makes addicts much less likely to seek treatment for their addictions because they feel like criminals. They feel an ostracized from society and thus will continue to do harm to themselves. My heart breaks for those who are addicted to drugs and I do not wish to see someones medical issue make them a criminal.

    And finally its a civil liberty issue. You do have a right to put into your body what you want once you are a adult. You can not save people from themselves with the force of law. It is not a crime for an adult to do harm to themselves. You can not stop an adult from doing something to themselves and you certainly should not be able to use the force of law to do so.