Two US chemistry professors arrested for cooking meth at university

Clay Curtis
November 18, 2019

Last month, Henderson State University's Reynolds Science Center building was evacuated and later closed after a staff member reported "an undetermined chemical odor" according to the Clark County Sherrif's Department.

Two professors in the USA state of Arkansas have been accused of making meth at their school, with one of the men already known at university as "Heisenberg" - the alias of the lead character from TV's Breaking Bad.

The university reopened the building on October 29 after an on-call environmental service installed air filtering systems and temporarily removed windows to facilitate ventilation, Hall said.

The two professors were put on administrative leave on October 1.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration lists Benzyl Chloride as a list II substance that can be used in making amphetamine-class drugs.

Tina Hall, the university's associate vice president of marketing and communications, said in an email to TIME that the professors have been on administrative leave since October 11.

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CNN was unable to reach Bateman and Rowland for comment Saturday.

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Henderson State University's website lists both Bateman and Rowland as associate professors at the school.

Rice and Edwards commend the university for keeping the investigation under wraps.

Both Rowland and Bateman are scheduled to appear in Clark County District Court once a formal charging decision is made by the county's prosecutor, according to the sheriff's department. "It was spot on and accurate when it came to the science, and, it has gotten a younger, newer generation interested in chemistry". They were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.

"It always smelled weird but I thought it was just the chemicals in there", Rice and Edwards said. The investigation is ongoing, he said.

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