Ada man arraigned Monday in Seminole County drug death

Cody Glenn Weddle, 20, of Ada, was arraigned Monday and faces a possible murder charge in the death of a woman who took a designer drug -- 2C-E -- police said Weddle gave her.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL AND VALLERY BROWN Published: May 9, 2011
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An Ada woman helped prepare and distribute a “designer drug” that killed her and sickened seven others, one critically, at a party near Konowa, court papers show.

Anastasia “Stacy” Marie Jewell, 21, died at Integris Seminole Medical Center after ingesting 2C-E at the party Saturday, officials said.

Cody Weddle, 20, of Ada was arraigned Monday in Pontotoc County District Court on complaints of murder and conspiracy to distribute a synthetic substance, District Attorney Chris Ross said. He has not been charged and has been denied bail.

Ross said he was not familiar with the drug before Saturday but has been doing research on the Internet.

“I've been learning a lot more about it since 7 a.m. Saturday,” Ross said.

Jewell's mother, Lida Beckman, told KWTV-9 she's upset the drug is easily acquired on the Internet.

“What has this world come to if they can put stuff like this on the Internet and not at least be sued to take the darn stuff off?” she said. “They're still allowed to sell it and I can't do anything about it.”

Norman Regional Health System's Dr. Matt Bonner said this weekend was the first time emergency room physicians there have treated patients for ingesting 2C-E, also known as phenethylamine.

“It's new, it's exceedingly dangerous and I would suggest any kid steer clear of it,” Bonner said.

Little research has been done on the drug and its effects, Bonner said. It can cause respiratory arrest, seizures, severe vomiting and multi-system organ failure. All physicians can do to treat patients is support their organ systems until the drug runs its course, he said.

Drug bought from website

Weddle on April 26 bought one gram of 2C-E powder for $120 from a website, District 22 Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Agent Josh Dean wrote in a probable cause affidavit. Weddle told investigators the drug is supposed to cause effects similar to the drug Ecstasy.

The drug arrived at Weddle's parents' post office box Friday, and Weddle, Jewell and Andrew Akerman, whose age was not released, went to Jewell's house in Ada to dilute it in a liter of water, Dean wrote.

Weddle took about 45 milliliters of the mixture home with him, and Jewell and Akerman took the rest to a party, according to the affidavit. Jewell and Akerman were to sell the drug for $15 for 15 milliliters, and it was then supposed to be further diluted in 20 ounces of water.

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