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Former Wesleyan student sentenced after distributing synthetic drugs

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Eric Lonergan (left) and Zachary Kramer (right). (Middletown police/WFSB photos) Eric Lonergan (left) and Zachary Kramer (right). (Middletown police/WFSB photos)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A former Wesleyan University student accused of distributing synthetic drugs that caused overdoses has been sentenced to 12 months and one day of prison.

Eric Lonergan, 23, of Washington D.C. was a student at Wesleyan, and beginning in November of 2013, he began selling a substance called “Molly,” also known as MDMA, to students on or in the area of Wesleyan.

Federal officials said Lonergan sold Molly out of his dorm room.

Lonergan agreed to provide the drug to students who were planning a party at Wesleyan in Sept. 2014, according to the indictment. It called the party a "rolling" party, which is a gathering specifically to use molly.

The indictment said several students overdosed, one of whom snorted half a gram and passed out after 10 minutes.

Nearly a dozen students were sickened by what Middletown police called a “bad batch of molly.” Two of the patients were critical. Officials said one nearly died.

Federal officials said “At one point in 2014, after the administration at Wesleyan sent out a campus-wide communication warning of the dangers of ingesting controlled substances like Molly, Lonergan responded by distributing a pamphlet instructing students on the use of psychedelic drugs.”

The indictment said 21-year-old Zachary Kramer began purchasing molly from Lonergan in 2014. He also distributed them on campus.

Kramer eventually took over for Lonergan as the primary supplier of molly on the campus, the indictment said.

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