CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Roane County woman died after taking two doses of a synthetic hallucinogenic drug that her husband bought for her thinking it was LSD, according to an affidavit filed in federal court this week.
Todd Anthony Honaker, 35, of Left Hand, was charged with first-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance in the March 1 death of his wife, Renee. Honaker told police he and his wife each took two hits of LSD before she started convulsing and died.
Honaker told police he bought the drug from 32-year-old Chad Michael Renzelman, a chemist at a nuclear power plant in Kennewick, Wash. Renzelman allegedly mailed the drug to Honaker inside an anniversary card with instructions to hold it under his tongue for 30 minutes, likening its effects to "flying."
However, authorities believe Renzelman mailed Honaker an experimental hallucinogen instead of LSD, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed Wednesday by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Barry Parsons. U.S. Magistrate Judge Dwane Tinsley granted a search warrant that day.
Renee Honaker's autopsy revealed she had died from abusing a synthetic hallucinogen known as 25b-NBOMe, according to the affidavit. DEA chemists say 25b-NBOMe is both structurally and pharmacologically similar to 2C-B, which is a Schedule I hallucinogenic controlled substance.
"At this point investigators no longer considered this case to involve LSD," Parsons wrote in the affidavit.
As a result of the investigation into Honaker's death, authorities with the DEA officially added 25b-NBOMe to the federal register as a Schedule I hallucinogenic.
Parsons filed Wednesday's affidavit to gain access to Renzelman and Honaker's Facebook accounts from the company's headquarters in California. Honaker told investigators that he chatted with Renzelman on Facebook before receiving the drug from him.