Abhimanyu Janamanchi, Andrew Olson, Eric Lonergan, Zachary Kramer and Rama Agha Al Nakib. (Middletown police photos)
Abhimanyu Janamanchi. (Middletown police photo)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -
A fifth student from Wesleyan University has been arrested in connection with a bad batch of a drug that put a dozen people in the hospital.
Abhimanyu Janamanchi, 21, of Rockville, MD, turned himself in to Middletown police headquarters Thursday.
Police said Janamanchi and four others are connected to a batch of "Molly," which they said is a pure form of ecstasy. The drug was supplied at a party on the Wesleyan campus last month.
Twelve people were hospitalized, two of them critically.
Police said he gave the substance to three people. They, along with himself, were among those hospitalized.
"They did bring him back and resuscitate him," attorney Christian Young, who is representing Janamanchi, said.
Investigators said Janamanchi, who was known to sell Molly and pot, provided two friends with one capsule, while taking two himself.
According to court documents, "Abhi pulled out a Tupperware container and offered Witness 5 a dose. Witness 5 said the supply is coming from D.C."
Investigators said the batch may have been made with designer agents that made the health risks greater.
According to the warrant, the items found on Janamanchi not only tested positive for Molly, but for bath salts and a synthetic cannabinoid smoked for psycho active effects.
Janamanchi was charged with two counts of distribution of a hallucinogen, two counts of possession of a hallucinogen, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
On Friday, Janamanchi was arraigned at Middletown Superior Court . He was released on bond and Janamanchi nor members of his family were talking outside court.
In court, the prosectuor called Janamanchi a flight risk and said he could not go back to Wesleyan.
The university released a statement on Friday afternoon.
"Given the nature of the charges, we immediately suspended this student pending a formal hearing. Wesleyan takes very seriously allegations concerning the distribution of dangerous drugs, and we will continue to cooperate with state and local officials to do everything we can to make our community as safe as possible."
Andrew Olson, 20; Eric Lonergan, 21; Zachary Kramer, 21; and Rama Agha Al Nakib, 20, were the other suspects charged in the case.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.
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