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Chemistry student breaks bad, analyses hard drugs in uni lab

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Chemistry student breaks bad, analyses hard drugs in uni lab
Cocaine. Photo: DPA.
15:32 CEST+02:00
A 28-year-old student at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich used the laboratory to analyse drugs for two dealers in return for some cocaine.

An unnamed student at the university appeared before court on Monday after giving in to stress and resorting to helping drug dealers with their business.

Two pushers wanted to know how pure their product was, so they recruited a 28-year-old student to be their Heisenberg and test it for them.

They posted cocaine and crystal meth to the student, and he brought it to the Grosshadern Klinikum - LMU's hospital and research centre and part of the largest hospital complex in Munich.

There he proceeded to test the drugs to determine the potency of the active ingredients.

The student was surprised that he was in trouble and told the court that he didn't know he was guilty of any offence.

“I made up the results.”

The Chemistry student also defended himself to the Munich court by saying that his tests failed to produce anything meaningful.

“I made up the results,” he said.

As a reward for his 'findings', the dealers gave the student between two and four grams of cocaine.

One gram of cocaine cost between €80 and €110 in Munich four years ago, and prices in Germany have been increasing since, but it is questionable whether the student got his money's worth for risking his career and his freedom.

His motivation for getting hands-on with the drug distribution business was allegedly the “intense pressure” placed on him by his master's degree.

On Monday the court offered the 28-year-old a deal in a preliminary talk: if he gave a full confession, his maximum sentence would be only three years and four months.

Drug den in a kid's bedroom

The two drug pushers weren't so lucky.

The older offender received a six-and-a-half year prison sentence.

The younger, 20 years old, was actually a big shot dealer based in Leipzig, whose street name was 'Shiny Flakes'. He got stuck with a seven-year juvenile sentence.

Their drug operation was overseen by the younger dealer in the children's bedroom of his parents' house.

He would order hard drugs in bulk online and have them delivered to the house, and then would proceed to divide them into smaller packages for distribution.

The accused student also allegedly ordered large amounts of cocaine from this infantile base of operations.

A package was intercepted in July 2015 on its way to the chemistry student's house, leading to his detention pending trial.

A year later, the trial is still ongoing.

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