The Metropolitan Police Department arrested two students for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute Sunday, after University Police Department officers discovered more than one pound of marijuana in two residence hall rooms.
MPD officers seized 504 grams of marijuana, as well as a scale, rolling papers, vaporizers and bongs from sophomores Tyler House and Don Feldman in JBKO hall, according police reports. Officers also found a black cash drawer with $2,168.85 inside, which the report calls “suspected proceeds of crime.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office formally charged one student with one count of felony possession with intent to distribute, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, after officers confiscated more than 277 grams of marijuana, UPD Chief Kevin Hay said. The other student is facing one misdemeanor possession with intent to distribute charge, after being found with 227 grams of marijuana with evidence of distribution, Hay said. Hay declined to identify which student faced which charge.
Court documents were not avaible at the time of press and MPD records did not list the charges each student faces.
The investigation of the room began after UPD officer Matthew Knight smelled the “strong, district odor of marijuana” coming from a JBKO room Sunday night, according to the police report. Knight told House and Feldman that he was investigating when they walked out of the room.
One student admitted he had the drug in his room, according to the report, which does not specify the names.
GW Residential Property Management officials were notified and conducted an administrative search, which turned up a “green weed-like substance in multiple plastic bags which was consistent with marijuana and drug paraphernalia,” according to the report.
The unidentified student also said he was holding one large bag and one small bag of marijuana for a third student. GW officials searched the third student’s room and found bags of “green weed-like substance,” the cash box and drug paraphernalia. The third subject was not on scene, according to the report.
The second student had multiple bags of marijuana in his bookbag, along with a digital scale.
At about 9:30 p.m., MPD officers arrested the two students on scene and transported them to the Second District police station. Both students will also face Student Judicial Services, Hay said.
Feldman said he had no intent to distribute the marijuana.
House did not respond to a request for comment.