ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A plan to make psychedelic drugs may be behind chemicals found in a student apartment Wednesday night, according to University of New Mexico police.
The apartment tenant has not been arrested but may face charges once the chemicals are analyzed, police said.
According to a police report, someone roomsitting for a friend at Lobo Village off Avenida Cesar Chavez SE called police after 9 p.m., saying there were a lot of chemicals in the kitchen and bedroom.
The caller reported a strange odor, saying he "felt it could be a methamphetamine lab."
Police and the Albuquerque Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team determined the chemicals were not consistent with a meth lab and that the chemicals did not pose immediate danger to surrounding apartments.
Police told KRQE News 13 a 20-year-old resident of Lobo Village, who has not been enrolled at UNM since the spring of 2012, claimed ownership of the chemicals. He told police he bought the ingredients over the Internet and from a hardware store, and that he wanted to cook a psychedelic drug from instructions he found online, according to the police report.
Police were unable to determine exactly what chemicals were in the apartment.
Samples of the chemicals have been sent to the Albuquerque Police Department Crime Lab for analysis. UNM police said it could take weeks to get results back.
Police said the man could face charges of trafficking and manufacturing a controlled substance depending on results of the crime-lab analysis.
UNM police called this incident very unusual and added students need to report potentially dangerous situations.
"It could be very dangerous, very volatile," Lt. Tim Stump said. "If they see something suspicious like that, definitely call us right away, and that way we can make every attempt to make it safe for them."
UNM officials said they did not have enough information yet to comment.
Calls for comment to American Campus Communities, which owns and manages Lobo Village, were not returned by press time.
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