UNC PhD candidate, cancer researcher arrested for making Xanax in home

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A PhD candidate and cancer researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been arrested and charged with making Xanax at his home in Durham, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said.

Gary Lewis Cantor, 26, has been arrested and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, distribute Xanax, as well as possessing 28 vials of anabolic steroids, 280 grams of marijuana, and 2,790 Xanax pills, authorities said.

According to authorities, neighbors had complained of smelling marijuana coming from Cantor’s home at the Hamptons at RTP and called the sheriff.

Items confiscated from Cantor's house.
Items confiscated from Cantor’s house.

Authorities said Cantor had a pill press imported from China and got the ingredients for the Xanax from the Internet and then made the pills at home.

A background check showed Cantor had no previous record except for one speeding ticket.

Some neighbors expressed their concern following the bust.

“Is there any risk to the apartment like meth? Would it have blown up?” neighbor Hannah Hutchins said.

Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders but can be abused.

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