Plea deal in works in G'town drug case
Two young men are expected to plead guilty to manufacturing a hallucinogenic drug in a Georgetown dorm in October, according to court records and an official with the office of U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.
Prosecutors filed new charges late Thursday against Charles B. Smith and John Perrone, charging them with one count of violating federal law and one count of violating District law in connection with mixing DMT, or dimethyltryptamine.
The charges were brought in two-count criminal information, a type of document typically used when defendants are entering a plea agreement.
"Counsel for the defendants and the government have reached an agreement that will resolve the matter by a pre-indictment plea," Smith and Perrone's lawyers wrote in an unopposed motion that also was filed Thursday, and that said the men expect to enter a plea within two weeks.
Smith, a freshman in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, and his high school friend, John Perrone, a freshman at the University of Richmond, were released to the custody of their fathers and allowed to return to Massachusetts after their Oct. 23 arrest.
Smith and Perrone, both 18 at the time, were 2010 high school classmates from Andover, Mass.
Danny C. Onorato and G. Allen Dale, lawyers for Smith and Perrone, said Friday they could not comment.
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