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Investigators find drug manufacturing materials in UI dorm

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - An investigation at the University of Iowa brought the drug task force to a residence hall to see if drugs were being made.

According to the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, they found materials that can be used to make drugs inside a room, but not enough of them to determine whether drugs were actually being made in this dorm. While investigators were inside, all students had to leave the building until it was safe for them to return.

"I get a little tap on my door and there's a policeman and he just says 'Hey, grab what you need. You're getting evacuated,'" said Anne Lehmann, UI student. "They said we could lock our doors and kind of walk past and there was a room open, kind of looked like it was getting searched."

Everyone living in Slater Hall on the University of Iowa campus had to leave Sunday night after staff found chemicals and other things they thought were suspicious in a student's room. The student had been found disoriented in the lobby.

"It was really fast," said Natalie Clements, UI Student. "It was really abrupt because I was on the 11th floor so we all kind of ran out and nobody really knew what was happening, which I assume was a responsible thing to say, you know, because there would have been talk and rumors and stuff if we did know what was going on but we were evacuated for a long time."

The Johnson County Drug Task Force and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement searched the room. Students were allowed back in the building after about two and a half hours though some tell us they ended up just spending the night with friends.

"We were outside and the RA said 'Hey, if you have some place to stay tonight, we don't know how long this is going to take so I would suggest that you just go there,'" said Lehmann. "A friend nicely let me crash on their futon."

KWWL asked a university spokesperson and investigators and was told they could not say what chemicals were in the room, or what drug they were consistent in making. The university is looking into whether any campus policies were broken. Charges are pending.

The disoriented student whose room was searched was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A spokesperson told KWWL he could not release the student's condition.
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