Three neuroscience majors at Wesleyan University, who are facing charges after a dozen people were hospitalized from a drug overdose, were arraigned on Wednesday afternoon.
Andrew Olson, 20, Eric Lonergan, 21, Zachary Kramer, 21, and 20-year-old Rama Agha Al Nakib were arrested. As of Tuesday night, it was unclear if there would be more arrests.
Lonergan, Kramer and Nakib faced a judge at Middletown Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon. Police said Olson bonded out, so his court date has been set for March 3.
The overdoses happened at a party over the weekend where 12 people, most of them students, were sickened by what police called a bad batch of "Molly," or MDMA. The drug is essentially a pure form of ecstasy.
By bad batch, they said they meant that they didn't know what it was made of, which made it difficult for doctors to treat the patients.
Police said the batch may have contained different designer ingredients that made the health risks unpredictable.
It took three days, but police said they were confident that they have those responsible for helping to supply the drug.
"We are tasked with holding people accountable for their actions as we attempt to rid the campus and our city from those dangers," Middletown Police Chief William McKenna said.
Kramer was found at Hartford Hospital, where he was visiting a sick friend. Nakib was at a home on Warren Street. Lonergan was found in a Wesleyan dorm.
Police said Kramer is being accused of giving the batch of "Molly" to a person who then handed it out at the party held at the Eclectic Club.
"We ask that you wait until all of the facts are in before you make any judgments," Kramer's attorney Jennifer Zito said.
The four suspects were arrested on Tuesday night without incident and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Lonergan, however, also faces a charge of illegally obtaining or supplying drugs.
"As always, the safety and welfare of our citizens including those on the Wesleyan campus, remain our top priority," McKenna said. "Incidents jeopardizing the safety will not be tolerated and those offenders will be held accountable."
As for the sick students, only two remain hospitalized in Hartford. They are said to be improving. The rest have been released.
"Things are colored by the publicity this has received, and I would just ask that people not rush to judgement," Lonergan's attorney Jake Donovan said.
According to court documents, Kramer has a 4.0-plus grade point average (GPA) and is an honor student. Court documents said 197 nitrous oxide pills and a scale were found in his room. However, no "Molly" was found in his room.
Kramer reportedly said he was not at the party, but went there to pick someone up.
Court records said Lonergan lives with 19 roommates and documents said he had "a drug store in his room."
The drugs found were so obscure, that documents said investigators asked for the help of Rite Aid to determine what they were
There were 16 prescription drugs found in his room, and he was ordered to surrender his passport, as he is from Brazil and has dual citizenship.
Lonergan said he admitted to selling drugs during his freshman year but documents said the defense will not accept that statement. Documents said he stopped doing drugs in his sophomore year but advised people on the proper usage of drugs.
Documents said Nakib is from Syria and is at Wesleyan for a work-study program. She was required to surrender her passport. She admitted to selling Xanax, and 610 Xanax capsules were found in her apartment, along with $310 in cash. Documents said she uses the Xanax to self-medicate and to sell.
Court documents said no "Molly" was found in her apartment and she also said she was not at the party, but went there to pick someone up.
However, documents said eyewitnesses told police that Nakib provided them with the "Molly."
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