20-year-old Andrew Olson was arrested on Tuesday in connection to the 11 MDMA overdoses that occurred at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University campus over the weekend. Two students still remain in the hospital, but the largest shock came when Olson’s extracurricular activities were revealed.
As it turns out, Olson is the founder of Wesleyan’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), “an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities.” The organization “was founded in part to help protect people, especially young people, minimize the harm from drugs,” says the group’s official site.
Olson was arrested with three other Wesleyan students, who were immediately suspended from the university. He is charged with two counts of possession of a hallucinogen, sale of a hallucinogen, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $175,000.
He has since posted bond and is due in court in March.
In September of 2014, several Wesleyan students were also hospitalized after taking the drug. In 2013, reportedly one in 13 students was disciplined for a drug violation.