11:17 a.m. July 5, 2005
SAN DIEGO – A graduate student accused of making drugs at a laboratory on the San Diego State University campus pleaded innocent today to four federal charges.
Matthew Havis Finley, 27, was ordered held without bail by Magistrate Judge Nita Stormes.
Finley faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted of four counts of manufacturing a controlled substance, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Ko.
Finley is due back in court on Aug. 5 for a motions hearing before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller.
Federal agents arrested Finley last month at his home, and the campus lab where he worked was shut down as investigators removed methamphetamine, Ecstasy and a strong anesthetic called fentanyl, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
A search of Finley's Ocean Beach home turned up methamphetamine, fentanyl, Ecstasy pills and several marijuana plants, DEA officials said.
Finley, who is pursuing a master's degree in chemistry at SDSU, was on probation for a 2002 drug charge in Santa Barbara, DEA officials said.
Authorities said he used a laboratory at UC Santa Barbara to convert a liquid form of Ecstasy into a powder. He was caught growing marijuana the following year and placed on probation again, DEA officials said.