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WASHINGTON – Three Georgetown University students were arrested Saturday after police found a suspected meth lab in campus dorm room.
Campus police found "chemicals consistent with a meth lab, but no actual drugs" in the room on Harbin Hall's ninth floor early Saturday morning after a resident called to report a strange odor coming from the room, the Washington Post reported.
The dorm's roughly 400 students were forced to evacuate. Seven people were exposed to noxious chemicals, including three students, but no one was transported to the hospital.
After further investigation Saturday afternoon, they concluded the chemicals were for production of dimethyltryptamine or '___', a hallucinogenic.
More than half a million people were behind bars for drug offenses in the United States at the end of last year, according to numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In a report released Sunday, Prisoners in 2004, the Justice Department number-crunchers found that people sentenced for drug crimes accounted for 21% of state prisoners and 55% of all federal prisoners.