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 email@example.com.