USUPD crack down on marijuana use in dorms

Four USU students were arrested in Mountain View Tower last week for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The four include two male and two female students. They will appear in court and may face jail time. Housing services has also imposed a sanction on the students.USU Police captain Steven Milne said the university police were called in on Wednesday, Feb. 23, to investigate a suspicious odor. When they arrived, the police found the four students high, two of them possessing pipes. The students were subsequently arrested.Captain Milne said alcohol and drug-related incidents regularly occur on campus, though not with great frequency.”They’re not a common thing,” he said. “We do get a lot of calls for suspicious or strange odor on campus housing. Sometimes we get there and it’s incense or something else. Or the call is delayed and when we get there there is no odor.”According to the USU Police website, in 2009 more than 50 percent of arrests on campus were related to drug and alcohol abuse. Out of 111 arrests that year, 18 were drug-related and 51 were alcohol-related. The most common alcohol offense was minors in possession (MIP).Resident Director for Mountain View Towers Gary Phillips also said incidents within the residence halls are fairly rare. However, he said that often he and his staff will be aware of something going on but are unable to act until they can catch the involved persons actively committing an offense.

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