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Posted at 6:10 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Plea deal in works in G'town drug case

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post editors

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.

By Spencer S. Hsu  | January 21, 2011; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  Narcotics, Spencer S. Hsu, The District  
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Ain't flinging tears out on the dusty ground
For my friends out on the burial ground
Can't stand the feeling getting so brought down

It's just that demon life has got me in its sway
It's just that demon life has got me in its sway

Posted by: blasmaic | January 21, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that having drugs in a school zone (remember those drug free school zone signs) gets you an automatic jail sentence while ACTUALLY MAKING drugs in a school gets you a plea bargin? Is it because these students were white? Just wondering.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | January 22, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Sounds about right. White adult students manufacturing drugs on the grounds of a major university will obviously get a slap on the wrist. You won't hear any outrage about this from the white community. It's only a problem when it involves blacks. It's the hypocrisy and racism that continues to define this country...

Posted by: hritewing | January 22, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

When this case was being considered for a plea agreement do you think they looked at these kid's records?
Very likely neither of these guys ever had anything more than a speeding ticket. Also, there was no weapon used in the committing of the crime so it becomes a non-violent offense.
Finally, not that its any type of justification, but essentially no one got hurt(they didn't blow up the dorm or anything)and they weren't manufacturing a hot button substance like meth.
We have no idea what the plea deal exactly how are any of us qualified to comment on it's fairness?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | January 22, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

we need to legalize marijuana. So many people are criminalized and swallowed up by the system that they lack the means to get out of. These kids will be fine.

Posted by: weblurker1 | January 23, 2011 5:19 AM | Report abuse

First, I think these guys only "manufactured" the stuff for themselves. There really isn't a market for DMT, in fact I don't think you could give the stuff away. Seriously, all it does is give you an extremely bad "trip." I dunno about you but being raped by "aliens" or having mantis people come and threaten to eat you (both common experiences on DMT) doesn't sound like a good time to me.

Seriously, if there was a market, the stuff would be everywhere. All it is a simple modification of the amino acid tryptophan. It doesn't take any controlled substances to be made and everything should be available in any high school/college chemistry/biology lab. This sounds like some dumb kids interested in chemistry who thought it would be a "cool" thing to try out. I guarantee they made no money doing this.

Posted by: drhuss | January 27, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

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