Juvenile charged with second degree murder after teen dies using ‘mystery drug’

Juvenile charged with second degree murder after teen dies using 'mystery drug' (Image 1)
Juvenile charged with second degree murder after teen dies using 'mystery drug' (Image 1)

Charges have been filed against a juvenile in Virginia, after a teen died using what was originally labeled a mystery drug back in February.

Four teenagers were sent to the hospital suffering symptoms related to ingesting an un prescribed chemical substance. That substance was later revealed to be 251-NBOMe, along with an antibiotic compound. The Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services identified the substance shortly after the teens took the drug.

The teens were ages 15 to 19 years old and in each case, after the teen took the mystery drug it resulted in emergency medical treatment, including hospitalization.

Investigators believe that on or about February 2, 19-year-old Jordan Lee Hudgins of Danville took the synthetic drug 251-NBOMe and later died.

The Pittslyvania County Sheriff’s Office said Monday juvenile petitions were issued in the investigation of the recent illnesses and one resulting death from the substance.

A juvenile has been served with juvenile petitions alleging one count of second degree felony homicide.

This juvenile is also charged for manufacturing, selling, giving, distributing, or possessing with intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance. This juvenile had his first court appearance before the Pittsylvania County Juvenile and Domestic Court and released to the custody of his family.

A second juvenile, associated with the same investigation, was charged with one count of prohibiting the sale or manufacture of drugs on or near certain properties including buildings and grounds, of any public or private elementary, secondary, or post-secondary school, or any public or private two-year or four-year institution of higher education, or any clearly marked licensed child day center and one count of manufacturing, selling, giving, distributing, or possessing with intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance.

This juvenile was being held at the W.W. Moore Jr. Juvenile Detention Center in Danville, Virginia and will have their first court appearance before the Pittsylvania County Juvenile and Domestic Court during the first week of June.

The sheriff’s office said more arrests are likely. Because of the age of those involved, limited information will be released.

According to a June 2014 report from the World Health Organization 251-NBOMe is a substituted phenethylamine and derivative of 2C-I.

Street names for the drug include:

  • Solaris
  • 251
  • Dots
  • legal acid
  • NBomb
  • NE-BOME
  • Smiles
  • INBMeO
  • BOMCI
  • Hoffman
  • N-boom

The Pittslyvania County Sheriff’s Office says the drug appears to have stimulant and particularly hallucinogenic effects. This chemical has been associated with numerous non-fatal intoxications and some deaths, with seized material and use reported in many countries. 

It has been reportedly sold as LSD or as a ‘legal’ alternative to LSD or “research chemical” usually via Internet websites. The variation in formulations and resultant dosage coupled with its potency results in health risks.

Past clinical admissions and case reports have described various toxic effects including:

  • tachycardia
  • hypertension
  • confusion
  • agitation
  • aggression
  • visual
  • auditory hallucinations
  • seizures
  • hyperpyrexia
  • clonus
  • metabolic acidosis
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • acute kidney injury

The Pittslyvania County Sheriff’s Office says it wants to caution the public that this compound is very dangerous and ingestion can result in severe illness or death. 

251-NBOMe is a controlled substance in Florida.

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