Arrest marks 29th hard drug violation

Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested a student last week for possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia and intent to distribute marijuana.

Violations for hard drugs – such as cocaine, ecstasy and hallucinogens – have skyrocketed by about 50 percent this year compared to the last, according to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The arrest last week marks the 29th case involving hard drugs this year.

A University Police officer was performing a routine patrol in Mitchell Hall on April 22 when he smelled a “strong odor of burnt marijuana in the hallway” coming from the student’s room, according to MPD documents. The officer found him inside the room smoking a “green, weed-like substance.”

House staff then conducted an administrative search and found a plastic tub and Ziploc bag containing weed, a Ragu jar covered in residue and a gray pill filled with cocaine.

Administrators also found drug paraphernalia in the 21-year-old’s room, including grinders, a digital scale and an electronic smoking device. The report did not name the student.

As of April 22, 13 students have been charged with intent to distribute drugs this academic year. In the last two years, 11 and 12 students, respectively, received intent to distribute charges.

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