Grand Junction Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Grand Junction police have arrested a Mesa State College student on suspicion of making and trying to sell a large quantity of a date-rape drug.
Police allege Kiefer Clark Townsend, 18, made the drug, known as gamma hydroxy butyrate, or GHB, in his dormitory room at Tolman Hall, 1140 Texas Ave., No. 339.
Townsend was arrested Monday.
He made his first appearance in court Tuesday and was advised he could be charged with six counts of manufacturing, distribution of and possession of a controlled substance. Mesa County Judge Gretchen Larson set his bond at $10,000.
A man and a woman who had ingested doses of the drug were taken to St. Mary's Hospital early Sunday, the arrest affidavit for Townsend said. The investigation began when the woman contacted police around 4 a.m.
The 18-year-old told police she and her 23-year-old boyfriend went to Townsend's room in Tolman Hall mid-day Saturday, when they took the drug. They said Townsend told them he had mixed the drug in his room, the arrest affidavit said.
The woman and the man took the doses and passed out within 10 to 15 minutes, the affidavit said. They were taken to St. Mary's Hospital by ambulance about 12:15 a.m. Sunday.
Police said they searched Townsend's dorm room Sunday and found 360 grams of liquid, which was tested Monday morning and determined to be GHB. Police did not specify whether the measure was by volume or weight.
The man and the woman taken to St. Mary's Hospital were tested and determined to have GHB in their systems.
Police said they found another 46.96 grams of GHB in a waiting-room trash can at St. Mary's Hospital. An investigator said a person, whom the officer would not name, had taken the drug to the hospital to be tested, but that hospital staff did not want it and threw it away, the arrest affidavit said.
Officers said they found and confiscated lab equipment and base and acidic chemicals commonly used to manufacture GHB in Townsend's room. Witnesses told police they heard Townsend had created the drug in his room using chemicals he had obtained from several locations, including the Internet, the affidavit said.
An official with the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Grand Junction said Tuesday a capful, or approximately one-sixteenth of an ounce, of the drug has a $5 street value.
District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Townsend has no prior record and moved to Grand Junction about six months ago.