FL: Rare hallucinogen ‘DMT’ found in relation to Keystone Heights drug lab investigation

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. (WCJB) – A drug seizure at the border by homeland security led to a drug lab investigation in Keystone Heights.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Cody Clifford was arrested last month for possession of drugs including the hallucinogen DMT.

Public Information Officer, Andrew D. Ford, said this is the first case Clay County has ever seen involving DMT.

“The DEA advised that DMT is so rare they believe the last case they handled in reference to the hallucinogen was at least 10 years ago,” said Ford.

DMT is similar to other psychedelic drugs like LSD or magic mushrooms, but it provides for a stronger reaction only lasting around 20 minutes, that’s according to Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Oliver Grundmann. He said he’s also never heard of a drug operation involving DMT.

“DMT is not something you see larger lab operation of its primary folks producing it for themselves for their own consumption and not distribution,” said Dr. Grundmann. “It’s a very small community, to necessarily discover a larger scale operation is uncommon definitely.”

According to Clifford’s arrest report, deputies found more than 80 grams of DMT powder in his possession.

Clifford has since been released from the Clay County Jail on a 5,003 dollar bond. According to the Clay County Clerk of Court, his case is still under review with a tentative court date of April 20th.

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