Designer drug responsible for Center Grove student's death
There's been another arrest in connection with the death of a Center Grove High School student who died just days ago after investigators found a new designer drug near the teen's body.
Experts say the synthetic drug called 25I NBOMe looks like LSD, but is much more deadly.
The street name for it is N-Bom or Smiles or 2-5-1. Whatever name it goes by, experts say it's lethal and is already responsible for at least 20 other deaths across the country.
Johnson County investigators believe that's the drug 16-year-old Samuel Motsay took Saturday night at a friend's home before he was found unconscious the next morning at the same Greenwood home.
Zachary Catron and Kyle Hazzard, both 24, face drug charges in the case. Police are still searching for 19-year-old Jordan Adamowicz.
Hazzard turned himself in to Johnson County authorities Thursday, a black hoodie pulled up over his head.
Investigators say Hazzard and Adamowicz sold Motsay N-Bom, a drug that experts say can kill you the first time you use it.
That's what investigators think happened to the Center Grove High School sophomore.
"This is not an overdose death. Kids that use this drug aren't overdosing," said Scott Watson with Heartland Intervention. "They're using chemicals that were never meant for human consumption. This is a drug that will kill you if you use it."
Experts say N-Bom or Smiles causes hallucinations similar to LSD.
"Social media has made this kind of the hot drug to use right now. It's also something that's not that hard to get," said Watson.
Investigators say Motsay bought the drug Saturday night from Hazzard and Adamowicz, who bought it from Catron in Indianapolis.
"I think it's a warning for kids - you don't know what you're getting and that is the real danger sometimes with these drugs," said Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper.
N-Bom is used like acid and is ingested off of blotter paper or absorbed through the skin.
"They thought they might have been getting LSD and they got something entirely different and that's what happens when you buy drugs off the streets," added Cooper.
N-Bom is the new drug of choice for teens these days, say experts.
"Young people are getting a hold of it with disastrous consequences," said Watson.
Disastrous consequences that have now found their way to Johnson County.