No arrests in off-campus student MDMA bust

Fire crews find drug lab after responding to neighbors’ complaints of fumes on Gratz Street.

A Temple student caught allegedly cooking illegal drugs inside his off-campus apartment on Friday night has not been charged as of Monday afternoon, Nov. 18, police said.

Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the case was taken over by the Philadelphia Field Narcotics Unit, who are awaiting the results of chemical tests on materials recovered from the scene.

Police and fire crews were called to the 1900 block of North Gratz Street around 9 p.m. Friday night after a neighbor reportedly called police complaining of fumes coming from the apartment.

Inside, responders found several containers of what they believed to substances for the production of the molly, a cystaline form of the drug MDMA, which is also used in ecstasy.

According to 6 ABC, police evacuated the residence, which included several other Temple students and confiscated evidence.

Under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Controlled Substances, Drugs, Device and Cosmetics Act of 1972,  3,4-methylenedioxy, the chemical name of MDMA, is classified as a schedule III drug,  the felony manufacture of which can bring up to five years in prison or a fine of $15,000.

MDMA is known for its popularity in rave and club culture. There have been several high-profile deaths associated with the drug this year.

Philadelphia police communications have not released any details on the incident, citing the ongoing investigation and the lack of an arrest.

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