Two Arkansas chemistry professors are currently in police custody after using Henderson State University’s science center to create crystal meth.
According to THV 11, Director of Research Chemistry Dr. Terry David Bateman,45, and Assistant Professor Dr. Bradley Allen Rowland,40, were arrested for the manufacturing of methamphetamine and the use of drug paraphernalia. The pair used the Reynolds Science Center’s lab to create the drugs but were caught by university officials after an employee reported about “an undetermined chemical odor” leading up to the building’s evacuation last month.
A spokesperson for Henderson State said in the following statement that the men are currently on administrative leave.
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“The Reynolds Science Center closed October 8 due to a report of an undetermined chemical odor. Remediation work by the university’s on-call environmental service company included scrubber systems to filter air and the temporary removal of some windows from Reynolds to aid ventilation. The building reopened October 29 after third party testing indicated the building meets all Environmental Protection Agency recommendations for occupancy.”
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The two professors will be scheduled to appear in court pending a formal charge by the Clark County Prosecutor.