Two Arkansas chemistry professors have been arrested and accused of making methamphetamine.
Terry David Bateman, 45, and Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, both associate professors of chemistry at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, were charged of manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia. No date has been set for their court appearance. Bateman, 45, and Rowland, 40, are both on administrative leave. The investigation is ongoing. Students at an Arkansas college suspect a campus chemistry lab was turned into a meth lab in October, when a strage odor was detected.
At that time, the science building reopened after a clean-up. An environmental services company was called in to do remediation work to ventilate the lab. Lab tests to determine the cause of the odor found traces of Benzyl chloride, a chemical that can be used to synthesize methamphetamine. The arrests drew comparisons to the central character in the hit TV series “Breaking Bad,” in which a high school chemistry teacher began making methamphetamine. It seems to be an apparent case of life imitating art. The university says they are continuing to cooperate with authorities.