A St. Lawrence University professor the former co-chair of the modern languages department is in jail for allegedly having large amounts of hallucinogenic drugs in his home.
The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office arrested 65 year old Steven White of 55 Court Street in Canton on Tuesday.
Officials raided his home and said they found approximately 2,100 grams of dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT, about 200 ecstasy pills and around 50 grams of magic mushrooms.
Undersheriff Sean O’Brien said it’s the first time the county’s drug task force has ever encountered DMT, which is a hallucinogenic.
He said the assorted drugs are “extremely dangerous” and came from other countries, including countries in South America.
O’Brien said White received the drugs at SLU and then brought them to his home.
According to O’Brien, there’s no indication that White gave or sold any drugs to students.
White was charged with 2 felony counts second-degree of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned and ordered held without bail in the county jail.
SLU said White, who was co-chair of the modern languages department, has been placed on administrative leave. The university also said it’s cooperating with law enforcement.
The sheriff’s office said White’s case was part of a multi-agency undercover investigation.
The agencies included U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (HSI), Customs Border Protection, St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, Potsdam Police Department, Canton Police Department, St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force (SLCDTF), US Postal Inspection Services and the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.