Baldwin Wallace University students arrested for reportedly operating drug lab
BEREA, Ohio — Four students from the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music led dual lives -- successfully pursuing studies in voice, piano and violin while operating clandestine drug labs to manufacture the illegal drug Ecstasy, officials say.
Benjamin Knight, 24, Lauren Pajerski, 22, Max Cickovskis, 22, and Jonathan Beckwith, 23, were indicted Nov. 16 on numerous charges, including assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and cultivating marijuana. Knight and Pajerski were also charged with theft and burglary.
Public records and interviews with police are filling in details of an unusual drug case that made news with the arrest of the students last month.
"I am just grateful nothing blew up and no one got hurt," said Berea police Detective Dennis Bort, the lead investigator who spent months gathering evidence. "The moral of this case is book-smart, street-stupid."