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Lexington police arrest three men on charges of making hallucinogen

Police investigated what they said was a drug lab on Tulane Drive in Lexington on Wednesday.
Police investigated what they said was a drug lab on Tulane Drive in Lexington on Wednesday. Herald-Leader

Three men were arrested Wednesday night on charges of trafficking in a drug that Lexington police said they've never dealt with before.

John Long, 22, Shaun Ebner, 20, and Johnathon Grant, 22, of Tulane Drive were making the hallucinogenic substance dimethyltryptamine, known as DMT, in a vacant house on the street, police said. Police Lt. Scott Blakely said the three men lived next door to the house where the DMT lab was found. The men also were charged with cultivating marijuana.

Police received a call about 2 p.m. Wednesday that a maintenance worker had "found meth-making materials in a crawl space," police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. The property is owned by Anderson Communities, Roberts said.

Police had to wait for the substance to cool; they used ice to speed up the process. Fire trucks and police vehicles blocked the street as the crews cleaned up the house.

Blakely estimated that the cleanup could cost the owner of the house $7,000 to $10,000.

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