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Contact:  Captain John D. Cartledge                                                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone:  413-587-1176

Arrest Made for Manufacturing of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)

NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts (September 01, 2016)- On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 11:43 am members of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force, the Northampton Police Department, the Northampton Fire Rescue, the Department of Fire Services District 4 Hazardous Materials Response Team, the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, the Drug Enforcement Administration Clandestine Lab Team, and the Massachusetts State Police Fire Marshal’s Office responded to 149 State Street, Apartment B, for an investigation of an unknown substance. Shortly after responding to this residence, the only individual who resides at this location came to the Northampton Police Department for questioning.  As the investigation unfolded, search warrants were executed at this location.  Investigators determined that this was a small, active clandestine drug lab.  These labs pose an enhanced risk to responders.  As a result multiple agencies responded to assure the safety of first responders and residents.  During the course of this investigation, it was determined that the individual who resides at this residence was manufacturing a Class C drug Dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT.  DMT is a hallucinogenic substance similar to LSD.  Items removed from the apartment related to the manufacturing of DMT included flasks, filters, glassware, and a variety of liquid and powder substances.  Some of these items will be sent out for testing.  The individual was subsequently placed under arrest at 7:22 pm.  Traffic on State Street was re-routed during parts of this investigation due to the numerous emergency vehicles in the area. The street was re-opened shortly after 11:00 pm. At no time was there any threat to public safety.  The arrested individual is listed below:

Julian A. Ross
149 B State Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Age: 26

Possession of a Class C Drug with the Intent to Distribute (Dimethyltryptamine)
Manufacturing a Class C Drug (Dimethyltryptamine)