MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A fifth Wesleyan University student was arrested Friday in the investigation into a rash of on-campus drug overdoses that sent a dozen people to the hospital.
The defendant, Abhimanyu Janamanchi, 21, of Rockville, Maryland, was among those who received treatment at Hartford Hospital. Following his recovery, he surrendered at Middletown police headquarters Friday morning on a warrant for drug charges.
Like the other four defendants, Janamanchi was suspended from Wesleyan, a private liberal arts school of 3,200 students.
“Given the nature of the charges, we immediately suspended this student pending a formal hearing,” Wesleyan spokesman Lauren Rubenstein said. “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.”
Janamanchi faces charges including distribution of a hallucinogen, possession of a hallucinogen and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The calls for medical attention at the Wesleyan campus began on the morning of Feb. 22, and four students were sent to Hartford Hospital for treatment.
Authorities say the drug was presented as Molly, a popular name for the euphoria-inducing stimulant MDMA, but was likely cut with other designer drugs.
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