Pennsylvania parents who have children in college may be interested to learn that two of the five Wesleyan University students who had previously been charged by the state of Connecticut in connection with a number of drug overdoses on the campus have now received federal charges with respect to the matter. The men had previously been expelled from the school after they were taken into custody on state charges.
The two men, a 21-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland and a 22-year-old from Rio de Janeiro, are charged with the distribution of synthetic drugs, an activity that prosecutors allege sent 11 people to the hospital following overdoses on campus. Reportedly, the 22-year-old man initially was the alleged main distributor of a drug called Molly on the private university campus. Prosecutors allege he was responsible for a number of overdoses that occurred in September 2014. They further allege that the 21-year-old man then took over the role and was responsible for several more overdoses that occurred in February.
The men are each charged with conspiracy to distribute MDMA, a charge that carries a possibility of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. The judge set bonds for each defendant in the amount of $250,000. They were both released on bond shortly after the hearing.
Synthetic drugs are quite popular on college campuses and in clubs, but distributing them can lead to significant consequences in the event a person is charged with possession with intent to distribute. Even long after a case has been completed, people who have drug convictions on their records may continue to experience collateral consequences, such as problems with obtaining loans, getting approved for housing and finding jobs. People who are facing such charges may want to consult with a criminal defense attorney in order to determine the best way to proceed.