Two charged with intent to distribute

Two students are being charged with the intent to distribute more than $2,000 of marijuana that a friend allegedly transported from New York, according to court documents.

Last Thursday four students and one individual unaffiliated with the University were arrested in Fulbright Hall when police found 6.3 ounces of marijuana in a seventh-floor room. The search was initiated when University Police Department officers patrolling the building noticed a heavy smell of marijuana and contacted a community director.

A Metropolitan Police Department report states a digital scale, Ziploc bags, a notebook, a marijuana cigarette and a box with more bags were found on the scene.

Sophomores Chuong Nguyen and Xavier Van Meerbeek allegedly bought seven ounces of marijuana – at $350 an ounce – from a Rutgers University sophomore, according to court documents. The students are charged with misdemeanor possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Van Meerbeek told Community Director Corinne Farrell the plastic bags were his and that they use them to split up marijuana when they buy the drug in bulk, according to court documents. The charge also states that Van Meerbeek said he often buys marijuana with Nguyen in the District.

Omar Aena, the Rutgers student, and the other students, sophomores Sam Yenigun and Eric Tilden, are being charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Tilden and Van Meerbeek declined comment in a phone interview yesterday. A status hearing is scheduled for the five defendants on March 7 in front of judge Mary Terrell.

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