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Virginia college roiled by arrest of 10 people on drug charges

The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg was the scene of multiple arrests that included a faculty member, a college employee and eight students. Law enforcement reported finding cocaine, amphetamines, steroids, marijuana, hashish, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms and opioids. Police officers also seized approximately $14,000 in cash.

The faculty member accused of involvement in the drug trafficking is a 40-year-old visiting assistant professor of immunology. The position held by the other college employee arrested during the investigation was not specified in police reports. Authorities have charged all 10 suspects with multiple drug offenses such as possession, distribution and drug possession near the school or on campus.

Williamsburg Police initiated the investigation after hearing about sexual assaults and a rise in drug activity. Multiple state and local agencies contributed to the investigation that lasted for months. A statement from the college expressed surprise at the arrests but included a commitment to take action against illegal activities.

When police arrest a person as part of a drug trafficking investigation, the consequences could be severe if a conviction is obtained. The representation of a criminal defense attorney could help a person understand the consequences of conviction and plan a defense. An attorney might push back against aggressive prosecution by questioning the validity of evidence. Testimony from unreliable informants or unlawful searches and seizures could enable an attorney to get charges reduced or dismissed. This effort might result in a plea deal that trades jail time for probation or participation in a drug treatment program.

Source: WHSV 3, "William & Mary employees, students arrested in drug bust", April 18, 2018

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