San Diego State Grad Student Admits to Manufacturing Meth in School Lab

SAN DIEGO – Matthew Havis Finley, a former California State University, San Diego (CSUSD) graduate student pled guilty April 24 in federal court to manufacturing fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance.

According to court documents, a surveillance camera recorded Finley as he used a campus laboratory to manufacture methamphetamine, Ecstasy (MDMA), fentanyl, and phenyl-2-propanone (P2P).

In June, federal agents arrested Finley, who admitted manufacturing the drugs. Agents also served a search warrant at Finley’s residence and recovered additional MDMA and fentanyl, a controlled substance with effects similar to heroin or morphine. As part of his guilty plea, Finley admitted manufacturing about 6.1 grams of fentanyl, 15.4 grams of methamphetamine, 35 grams of MDMA, and .8 liters of P2P from October 2004 to June 2005.

Finley faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and at least 3 years’ supervised release.

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