One dead, seven hospitalized after taking hallucinogen at Seminole County party

One person died and seven others were hospitalized early Saturday after ingesting a substance the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation thinks is the designer hallucinogen 2C-E. The victims' names have not been released, Seminole County Chief Deputy Todd Hignite said.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Published: May 8, 2011
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— One person died and seven others were hospitalized early Saturday after ingesting an hallucinogenic designer drug at a party, officials said.

The name of the deceased has not been released pending next of kin notification, Seminole County Chief Deputy Todd Hignite said.

The victim — a female — was pronounced dead at Integris Hospital in Seminole, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.

Emergency responders were called about 1:30 a.m. to a home at 13491 State Highway 9A, a rural area of Seminole County between Konawa and Maud, where they found a group of young adults suffering from severe drug toxicity, Brown said.

Seven people between the ages of 19 and 25 were taken to hospitals, Hignite said.

Two of those people were reportedly in “very critical” condition, Brown said, but she did not have the conditions of the remaining five. Three of the victims were hospitalized at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada, and four others were taken to Norman Regional Hospital, she said.

Interviews still are being conducted to determine exactly what happened at the home, Hignite said.

A reporter's phone call to the residence was not answered Saturday.

Arrest made

Cody Weddle, 20, of Ada, was arrested at Valley View Regional Hospital while visiting one of the victims before noon Saturday, Brown said.

Weddle is thought to have supplied the drug to the partygoers, she said. He was being held in Pontotoc County jail on complaints of conspiracy and first-degree murder.


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