3 Wesleyan students arrested in connection with overdoses appear in court

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Three of the four suspects who police say provided drugs responsible for the overdose of 11 Wesleyan students were in Middletown court Wednesday.

First out was Zachary Kramer, 21, a sophomore from Bethesda, Md. majoring in neuroscience. He’s also an honors student with a perfect GPA. Middletown police say in his dorm room they found 197 nitrous-oxide cartridges and amphetamine pills in a bottle. Witnesses told police he was at the party Saturday night and that he’s known to sell Molly on campus in the past. Kramer posted a $5,000 bond and stood with his parents as their attorney addressed the media.

“We ask that you wait until all facts are in before you make any judgments,” said Jennifer Zito, Kramer’s attorney. “Be mindful of the presumption of innocence.”

Rama Nakib, 20, is a junior also majoring in neuroscience. She’s originally from Syria and was found with over 600 pills in her dorm room. She is accused by other students of selling Molly around campus and admitted herself to selling Xanex pills. She was released on $50,000 bond and refused to give any comment as she left the courthouse with her boyfriend.

Eric Lonergan is also a neuroscience major who other students accuse of producing and selling Molly at Wesleyan. Prosecutors say he had a veritable drug store in his room with 16 prescription medications. He’s also free on bond of $50,000 and rushed out of the courtroom without saying a word, leaving that to his attorney.

“At this point they are misdemeanor charges,” said Jake Donovan, Lonergan’s lawyer. “I don’t have the benefit of chemical tests results, so again, everything is up in the air at this point.”

Of the 11 students who overdosed, two remain hospitalized in critical condition.

The fourth student arrested, Andrew Olson, bonded out early and will appear in court next week.

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