Two Professors Accused of Making Meth in Campus Lab
Two Professors Accused of Making Meth in Campus Lab

Two Professors Accused of Making Meth in Campus Lab

The Henderson State University academics face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.

Nov 18, 2019
Emily Makowski
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On Friday (November 15), two chemistry professors at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, were arrested after being accused of making methamphetamine in a university laboratory, according to The Washington Post

Associate professors Terry David Bateman and Bradley Allen Rowland have been on administrative leave since October 11 following an investigation into reports of a chemical odor in the university’s science center. Testing showed elevated levels of benzyl chloride, a chemical that can be used to make meth, in a lab. The building was closed for cleanup and reopened October 29, according to the Post.

“The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority, and we continue to cooperate with authorities,” says Tina Hall, the associate vice president of marketing and communications at Henderson State, in a statement, reports the The New York Times.

Bateman, the director of undergraduate research in the chemistry department, has been with the university for a decade, while Rowland joined in 2014. The two face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, a felony that could mean up to 40 years in prison, and using drug paraphernalia, which carries a possible 20-year sentence.

Emily Makowski is an intern at The Scientist. Email her at emakowski@the-scientist.com.