Two reports of possession with intent to deliver filed

Public safety cars outside Hugel Science Center. (Lauren Fox ’19)

Last week, Lafayette College Public Safety filed two reports of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Both of these investigations are active and being investigated separately by public safety, Director of Public Safety Jeff Troxell said.

No charges have been filed in either case. The first report was filed on Feb. 12 and the second on Feb. 14.

Although public safety is aware of the exact location of both incidents, the location of the reports was only noted as “on campus” in the crime log. Any more specification would “identify individuals,” Associate Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Jim Meyers said.

There are two reasons why a drug possession report would be considered having an intent to deliver: either an offender is witnessed dealing drugs or a certain amount of drugs are discovered, Meyer said.

Meyer confirmed that there are multiple students under investigation, but added that he could not comment on whether these reports are connected, as it would compromise both investigations.

“[It would compromise the investigation] because some of these drug investigations don’t stop. These are not stopping,” he said. “There’s more information that we are gathering. And that’s why that would compromise the investigation, because there are other people that we are going to be talking with in the future.”

He added that there are individuals who are cooperating with public safety by providing details for the investigation, but he could not say how many people.

“To release how many people are providing us with information and cooperating with this investigation would not only compromise the investigation, but it would put individuals in a compromising position as well” because it could reveal their identity, he said.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Pennsylvania law required a mandatory minimum of two years for possession with intent to deliver in a school zone. This statute was ruled unconstitutional in 2015. Prison sentences for this offense depend on the type of drug in question. This article has been corrected to reflect this fact.

About Kathryn Kelly

Kathryn Kelly '19 is the editor-in-chief of The Lafayette. She studies government & law and Classics.

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