Four Wesleyan students arrested after bad batch of Molly sickens 12

Four Wesleyan students arrested on drug charges, suspended from school in connection with Molly investigation

Four Wesleyan students, including a Southern California man, have been arrested on drug charges in connection with a bad batch of a party drug that sickened a dozen people last weekend.

Twelve people -- 10 students and two visitors -- were taken to the hospital over the weekend after taking the party drug Molly. Two were still hospitalized Tuesday night, university officials said, and "have made progress."

Three men and one woman were arrested Tuesday night, according to police in Middletown, Conn. The students arrested were Andrew Olson, 20, of Atascadero, Eric Lonergan, 21, of Rio de Janeiro, Zachary Kramer, 21, of Bethesda, Md., and Rama Agha Al Nakib, 20, of Lutherville, Md.

The students face charges ranging from obtaining or supplying drugs to possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana. Lonergan faces 16 counts of obtaining or supplying drugs and possession of a controlled substance; his bond has been set at $100,000.

Olson is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond on two counts of possession of a hallucinogen and one count of sale of a hallucinogen.

All four were immediately suspended pending formal hearings, Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth said in a statement Tuesday night. "We take very seriously the allegations concerning the distribution of dangerous drugs," Roth said.

"We are relieved to know that all but two of the students hospitalized over the weekend have been released and are doing much better... None of us want to see arrests on our campus, but even less do we want to see ambulances rushing from our residences with students whose lives are in danger."

Police say they have executed four search warrants at locations in and around the campus to look for more evidence.

“We are tasked with holding people accountable for their actions, as we attempt to rid the campus and our city from those dangers,” said Middletown Police Chief William McKenna in a statement Tuesday night.

The students are expected to appear in court March 3.

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8:24 a.m.: This story has been updated with comments from Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth.

This story was originally published at 8:11 a.m.

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