2 ex-Wesleyan students face US charges over drug overdoses

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Two former Wesleyan students found themselves in deeper trouble Friday, as Eric Lonergan and Zachary Kramer now face federal charges on top of state charges for a massive on-campus overdose back in February.

“Two students were in critical condition, one had to be revived after his heart stopped beating,” said U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly.

Eleven students were hospitalized after taking what they thought was the drug Molly. But lab tests revealed that the capsules actually contained a form of synthetic marijuana, called A-B Fubinaca, or K-2, which is illegal and has no medical use.

“The scary part is students don’t know what they’re putting in their bodies,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael Ferguson.

Both Lonergan and Kramer were portrayed as the main suppliers of the different Molly concoctions for Wesleyan students, dating back to 2013.

Zachary Kramer
Zachary Kramer

“We in law enforcement have significant challenges trying to determine what exactly is in these drugs,” Daly said.

Several students also overdosed in September, and law enforcement said Lonergan was responsible for that incident. After posting bond, Lonergan bolted out of the federal court in New Haven without saying a word to reporters.

“It’s too early to discuss the merits of the case until I can review the indictment,” said Longergan’s attorney, Jake Donovan, in response to a question about the federal indictment.

Authorities said Kramer eventually took over as the main campus supplier and that he was responsible for the most recent overdose in February.

“Our preference is to try cases in the courthouse, not on the steps of the courthouse,” said Kramer’s attorney, William Dow.

Both men posted $250,000 bond.

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