Mephedrone is illegal in the United States because of its resemblance to other illegal drugs such as Ecstacy. It is commonly in the form of a white powder. Courtesy Photo.

A Cal Poly freshman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly providing and selling the drug Mephedrone to two 15-year-old Templeton boys, according to a San Luis Police Police Department press release.

The sheriff’s narcotics detectives arrested Quinn Hall of Templeton, 18, after the drug sales were traced back to him. More than two pounds of Mephedrone were recovered in the arrest.  Hall was released on $100,000 bail and is charged with child endangerment and sales of a controlled substance, according to the press release.

The two boys were hospitalized at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton on Sept. 11 after ingesting the drug. They experienced symptoms of sore throat, violent vomiting, euphoria, elevated body temperature and agitation.

According to the press release, doctors believe that an effect of the drug was that small holes were created in the boys’ lungs,  causing air to escape and vent to the skin.

Hall allegedly sold Mephedrone as a substance similar to the drug Ecstasy. It is a fine white powder that may be mixed in liquid, injected or inhaled. It can also come in tablet and capsule form.

Mephedrone is new to the United States. It is brought into the country from various places, mainly China, said Public Information Officer Rob Bryn.

“It is hard to tell how common this drug is because we don’t find out until someone is medically treated for an overdose,” Bryn said.

Long-term effects of Mephedrone use are relatively unknown because of its short history as a recreational drug.

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  1. These kids must have overdosed on something else. Mephedrone has been used for years now and any incidents that occured have been because of imcompentence and misuse. Just like with anything else, you must use in moderation. But all in all, I guess Quinn got what he deserved.

  2. All of this faulty information citing 4-MMC as both illegal in the US and as something that causes “holes in the lungs” both disgusts and concerns me, let me see the full medical report on the hospitalized boy, with cited references and obvious symptoms. It’s both of the kids faults for using something clearly labeled “Not For Human Consumption,” and it is out of Quinn’s hands if those kids decided to go against that warning. Everyone is hoping for the best man, stay strong, you’ve got our support.

  3. Mephedrone is not illegal in the United States. The structure is not similar enough to be considered an analogue.

    Plus, the Federal Analogue Act is unconstitutional!

    What’s up with this? A new drug comes out, and everyone forgets that the war on drugs(war on personal liberty) is immoral, unethical, illogical, but most importantly unconstitutional?

    Why, in the 20’s did the government feel the need to AMEND the Constitution to allow for Prohibition, if the federal government already has the constitutional authority to prohibit possession of inanimate objects?

    1. Mephedrone is almost chemically identical to Methcathinone, which is a Schedule 1 substance (look it up). Even if it weren’t, this kid apparently “sold” the stuff as being the same as X, which is another provision under the Act (apparently you can be busted for selling dextrose as cocaine…) I won’t argue the constitutionality of the Analogue Act because I agree is is pretty problematic, but I also don’t really believe in “Better living through chemistry” either.

  4. With how hard it is to get into CP right now…it’s too bad that this loser was accepted and perhaps a more mature, and capable person was rejected!

    1. Dude was making more money at 18 than you probably ever have in your life.

      Seems pretty capable to me…loser

      1. you can make more money doing gay porn than any other eighteen year old, doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea.

      2. If you are saying this to support Quinn, stop right now. You are handing the DA ammunition for sentence enhancement, implying that he makes a good living selling drugs.

  5. Just because someone is a “drug dealer” does not mean they have a low IQ. In fact most of those nice donors you see names of on campus are probably raging alcoholics and do coke all the time. Most rich people do, but no one cares because they’re rich. What do you think all those “fundraisers” are? They’re excuses to get plastered out of your mind “for a good cause.”

    1. Hi Melissa,

      It’s harder to get rich if you are drunk and stoned all the time. The rich people I know work hard and try to improve themselves. They see themselves as their greatest asset and work to increase the value of that asset. This is very difficult to do even when you are sober, nigh impossible when drunk.

      Those idiots you see on TV who are rich and act like spoiled 3 year olds are in the minority. They are aberrations in every sense.

      Selling drugs of any kind to 15 year olds is pretty evil. This guy is accused of doing something pretty heinous. Sad.

  6. Any adult who makes a money grab by coaxing children to snort a drug is doomed to a life of trouble. Hopefully Quinn realizes that sooner rather than later. Model glue is legal too, when used as glue. But anyone who thinks it’s cool to put in a brown bag, tell kids to sniff until they’re high and take their money for the service, is a true loser. So now it’s fertilizer, doesn’t matter. There are Cal Poly students mentoring and helping kids and then there is Quinn who is telling them to snort some fertilizer so that he can grab a few bucks off of them.

  7. Who cares if that substance is legal or not.
    He is charging boys to damage their brains and deflect their life perception permanently. That is a criminal action.

  8. Here’s the deal. He graduated high school singing at the ceremony “I graduated with drugs in my shoes” he talked about his drug use in a lot of his classes and no one cared anymore. Everyone knew. All the teachers, everyone.

    He’s a really smart kid. Seriously, so I am not surprised he got into Cal Poly. But with the drug stuff…he’s been doing it forever. It’s a little shocking, but not much.

  9. people make it sound like he made those kids do the drugs, they made that choice on their own. and obviously they were the type of kids interested in anything, theyre lucky they had a bad experience with something like this and not a more dangerous drug that could have killed them.

  10. Hi Melissa,

    It’s hard, really hard to get rich if you are drunk and stoned all the time. It’s hard to stay rich that way.

    The rich people I know work hard and try to improve themselves. They see themselves as their greatest asset and work to increase the value of that asset. This is very difficult to do even when you are sober, nigh impossible when drunk.

    Those idiots you see on TV who are rich and act like spoiled 3 year olds are in the minority. They are aberrations in every sense.

    Selling drugs of any kind to 15 year olds is pretty evil. This guy is accused of doing something pretty heinous. Sad.

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