Japanese Professor Arrested For Allegedly Teaching Students to Make MDMA

A Japanese professor was arrested after channeling his inner Walter White by allegedly asking his students to make ecstasy during class.

The unnamed 61-year-old Japanese pharmacology professor from Matsuyama University in western Japan reportedly had his students create MDMA, commonly referred to as ecstasy, in 2013, and another “designer drug” called 5F-QUPIC, also known as 5F-PB-22, last year, according to AFP. The latter is a cannabis-like drug that was banned in Japan in 2014.

While speaking with the investigators, the professor said that he was only aiming to further the “education” of pharmaceutical sciences students.

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During the investigation, authorities were unable to find the allegedly produced ecstasy, and an official from the local health ministry said that it had “probably been discarded.”

A Japanese professor was arrested after channeling his inner Walter White by allegedly asking his students to make ecstasy during class.

MDMA, a synthetic drug commonly used in party settings, can give users a heightened sense of energy, empathy, and pleasure. It is also currently being studied in research trials as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).

According to the report, Japanese law requires researchers to possess a license issued by regional authorities to manufacture illegal narcotics for academic purposes.

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If proven guilty and charged, the professor could face 10 years behind bars, the report noted.

Featured image via Flickr / Steve Jurvetson (CC BY 2.0)

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