Professor Tatsunori Iwamura allegedly admitted coaxing students in his pharmaceutical class at Matsuyama University to make 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine.
According to reports, Iwamura could face up to 10 years in prison after showing his students how to cook up MDMA to “further their knowledge” of pharmaceuticals. Japanese law obligates researchers to secure a license from regional authorities to produce illegal drugs for academic purposes. Unnamed sources explain that Iwamura was issued a license by a local government however it had expired. Local drug enforcement authorities say 11 students made the drug under Iwamura’s guidance. Four students, plus an assistant professor, have too been given up to prosecutors.
The university stressed it would correct Iwamura and the assistant professor upon the investigation ending. “We sincerely apologize for causing serious concern to students and their parents,” Tatsuya Mizogami, the university’s president, said. Officers of Drug Enforcement, who were presumably acting on a tip from somebody outside the university, did not uncover any ecstasy during searches of the laboratory at the university’s college of pharmaceutical sciences or Iwamura’s home.
Though, they did discover traces of 5F-QUPIC – better known as 5F-PB-22 – a cannabis-like drug that was outlawed in Japan in 2014 after it was accused of triggering road accidents. Tatsunori Iwamura, 61, has been equated to Walter White, the fictitious chemistry teacher in the sect television series Breaking Bad who begins generating crystal meth after being diagnosed with inoperative lung cancer.
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