Chemistry is not a crime, and Lewis Casey is not a criminal
More war on drugs hysteria: Canadian college student Lewis Casey was arrested and imprisoned on suspicion of operating a meth lab in his family's garage. The police later admitted that 18-year-old Casey wasn't making drugs, but they kept him in jail anyway on the grounds that he had materials that could have been made into explosives.
As PZ says, "Errm, having the "materials necessary to produce explosives" is an awfully low bar to set. If we're going to go that route, let's round up and arrest all the farmers — they've got fuel oil and fertilizer in bulk, and are a far more serious danger."
Friends and family say Casey is just an enthusiastic science student who likes to dabble at home. He has been released from jail but he's not allowed to perform experiments, except under school supervision. His trial will continue on Jan 26.