BOULDER, Colo. -
A Boulder man who died Tuesday after drinking poppy-pod tea was a bright student who wasn't into drugs and had plans to return to Colorado State University for his sophomore year, friends said Wednesday.
Jeffrey Joseph Bohan, 19, was found dead in a friend's Boulder home at about 6 a.m. Tuesday after consuming poppy-pod tea the night before, according to Boulder police. His cause of death has not been determined.
Scott Boland, 19, of Boulder, who met Bohan in eighth grade, said he and his friends were stunned.
"None of us had heard of him doing this stuff before -- not like that," Boland said. "Jeff was always the one saying, 'That's stupid,' and 'Don't do that kind of stuff.'"
Some of Bohan's friends gathered Tuesday to share memories and pictures.
"He was really funny and had a great sense of humor," Boland said. "He was always upbeat and was ultra-competitive."
Bohan went to Platt Middle School and then Fairview High, graduating in 2008. He was registered at CSU as an undeclared freshman
Boland described one of his "best friends" as "really athletic" and said the group of friends would play tennis and Frisbee golf and lift weights together.
"When we would lift together, he would try to outlift everyone else, no matter what they were doing," Boland said.
Bohan played football his freshman year in high school but stopped and focused on his studies, Boland said.
"(Bohan) was always a really, really good student," he said. "He was a smart guy, and he always did his school work before anything else."
Bohan didn't have a job this summer and was just spending time with friends and family, Boland said.
Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said investigators are looking into exactly when and where Bohan drank the psychoactive tea, which is brewed from the plant that produces opium.
Witnesses told police Bohan and his 21-year-old brother drank the tea at about midnight at their family's Navajo Place home, then went to a friend's house in the 4300 block of Hanover Avenue to play video games, Huntley said. They fell asleep at about 4 a.m., according to witnesses, and a few hours later the older brother awoke to find his brother not breathing.
"We are still trying to get a better understanding of where and when they consumed the tea and what they did in the hours afterwards," Huntley said Wednesday. "This is a very concerning case for us. We have one of our major crimes detectives assigned to it."
Although it's illegal to consume poppy-pod tea, police haven't decided whether to filed charges against Bohan's brother, Huntley said.
Detectives are working with the Boulder County Drug Task Force and outside agencies that have dealt with poppy-pod tea cases to learn more about the drug, especially since this is the second death linked to the tea this year.
Alex McGuiggan, 20, of Boulder, was found dead at his home Feb. 22, and the Coroner's Office later determined he had ingested fatal quantities of opium from poppy tea.
"We are concerned about how they're getting it, and we're concerned with how to stop it," Huntley said.
Bohan and his brother bought the tea from an Internet site about one week ago, she said. Police aren't commenting at this time on whether Bohan drank more tea than his brother did or whether they consumed alcohol or other drugs in addition to the tea.
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