2 chemistry professors arrested for allegedly making meth

Two associate chemistry professors were arrested Friday for allegedly manufacturing meth at an Arkansas university chemistry lab.

Dr. Terry Bateman, 45, and Dr. Bradley Rowland, 40, are facing charges of manufacture of methamphetamine and use of drug paraphernalia after an investigation at Henderson State University, according to NBC affiliate KARK.

Image: Terry Bateman and Bradley Rowland.
Image: Terry Bateman and Bradley Rowland.

The university said in a statement that the two men were placed on leave on Oct. 11 after an investigation of a chemical odor three days prior. Initial testing indicated an elevated presence of benzyl chloride in a laboratory, the school said.

Benzyl chloride has been identified by government agencies as a chemical used in the production of methamphetamine.

Bateman and Rowland are expected to appear in court pending a formal charge decision by the Clark County Prosecutor, according to KARK. It is unclear if they have a lawyer or still in custody.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.