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Three hospitalized after bad trip; Clarkson senior faces drug charges

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POTSDAM - Potsdam Police responded to three incidents over the weekend where individuals had taken some type of “drug” that caused aggressive behavior and hallucinations.

In all cases the subjects exhibited bizarre and aggressive behavior and had to be restrained by patrols prior to being transported to Canton Potsdam Hospital for evaluation. One subject was held overnight in the CPH emergency room while the other two subjects were transferred to the CPH Critical Care Unit. An investigation conducted by Potsdam PD drug investigators revealed all three subjects, who were Clarkson University students, had consumed LSD.

A search warrant was executed on a Bay Street Potsdam address, where Kane W. Henderson, 22, a Clarkson University senior from West Linn, Oregon, was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The investigation revealed Henderson had sold the LSD to the subjects hospitalized over the weekend. The search of his residence led to the seizure of a quantity of LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, molly, prescription drugs, and marihuana. Also seized were items of drug paraphernalia, drug packaging and processing materials, and U.S. currency believed to be the proceeds of drug sales.

Henderson was arraigned before Potsdam Village Justice Nicholas Pignone and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Additional charges are pending the result of lab analysis. Drug investigators from the SLC Drug Task Force from the SLCSO, Gouverneur PD, and Ogdensburg PD were on hand to assist.

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