Attorney (Previously Senior Assoc At Ballard Spahr Denver) charged in Omaha Police Bust For “Large Scale” Manufacturing Of DMT


He didn’t think this one through…

Here’s the transcript

OMAHA, Nebraska (KETV) — Omaha police are dealing with the largest drug bust of its kind in the city as they investigate a drug cooking operation where an area attorney is accused of manufacturing large amounts of a potent hallucinogen.

“It’s a psychedelic drug. It’s like psychedelic mushrooms but on steroids,” said Lt. Steve Fornoff, the Commander of the Omaha Police Narcotics Unit.

Investigators said they found at least 14 pounds of a chemical hallucinogen called DMT, or Dimethyltryptamine. The dark liquid was being stored in glass canning jars. At least one jar tested positive for fentanyl and heroin. Fornoff said the chemical is especially dangerous because if you have a pre-existing mental health condition, when you come off of the DMT high, that mental health condition is enhanced.

“What we believe is they’re trying to get people that are in the market for a psychedelic drug hooked on fentanyl and meth because they’ll take it thinking they want the psychedelic high and when they’re done, they’re hooked on the other drug,” said Fornoff.

Attorney Jonathan Lawler is under arrest and faces two felony drug charges. The 34-year-old is a private practice attorney with his office listed in the Blackstone area. His law license in Nebraska and Florida are suspended. Lawler graduated from UNO and Emory University Law School, where he was on the Dean’s List and was a standout student.

“This is a local attorney, so he knows the difference between right and wrong,” said Fornoff.

Police were called to a home in Omaha’s Florence area on October 15th. The landlord of the property reported that he found a possible drug cooking operation in his rental home. A man ran from the scene and police said he hid the jars in the woods nearby. Police arrested 47-year-old Christopher Mayeaux for possession and tampering with evidence.

Fornoff said there was a drug cooking set-up in the home where the cook was using common chemicals to make DMT and then cooking it down to crystal form so that it could allegedly be mixed with meth and other substances.

“I think he was working on his own, but I think he was in the process of making something he could mix with another drug,” said Fornoff, who also said this wasn’t his first batch.

Lawler was arrested in Omaha on an outstanding warrant from Missouri for not showing up in court after a property damage accident. Fornoff said this type of DMT is potent and dangerous.


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