WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Two chemistry professors in Arkansas have been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.
- The two were associate chemistry professors at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.
- A university official revealed that tests found “an elevated presence of benzyl chloride,” an ingredient that can help produce meth, in a university laboratory.
In a case highly reminiscent of the hit show Breaking Bad, two chemistry professors in Arkansas have been arrested on Friday for allegedly making methamphetamine.
Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson arrested associate chemistry professors Terry David Bateman and Bradley Allen Rowland of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. The Clark County Sheriff’s Department stated that Bateman, 45, and Rowland, 40, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.
Rowland, however, has made bond and is out of jail, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department told TIME.
In an email to TIME, Tina Hall, the university’s associate vice president of marketing and communications, wrote that the professors have been on administrative leave since Oct. 11.
Hall stated that “a report of an undetermined chemical odor” had prompted officials to close the university’s science center on Oct. 8. Initial tests revealed “an elevated presence of benzyl chloride,” an ingredient that can help produce methamphetamine, in a laboratory.
She added that the building only reopened on Oct. 29 after it was cleared by third party testing that showed it met “all recommendations for occupancy.”
Hall continued, “The safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority, and we continue to cooperate with authorities.”
When Hall was asked whether the professors were making methamphetamine on campus, she referred the question to the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.
Henderson State University Chief of Police Johnny Campbell started the on-going criminal investigation, which now currently involve the Henderson State University, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Arkadelphia Police Department, and the Group Six Narcotics Task Force.