HAMDEN — Four male teenagers were allegedly found with varying amounts of marijuana Sunday at Quinnipiac University, according to a press release.
Patrick Ownbey, 18, of West Riding Road, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Shawn Wheeler, 18, of Hawthorne Drive, Atkinson, N.H., were both charged with possession of a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance, the release said. Both Ownbey and Wheeler were released on $1,000 bail and issued a court date of March 5.
Samuel Giess, 19, of Temple Road, Wellesley, Mass., and Matthew Moore, 19, of Wilton Hill Road, Wilton, were issued an infraction for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, the release stated.
Police responded to the university, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., on the report of a “drug investigation.” Quinnipiac University Public Safety had received information that a student was selling drugs from his dormitory, according to the release. Public Safety personnel subsequently searched student Ownbey’s room. Along with Ownbey, Wheeler, Giess and Moore were present during the search, the release said.
Police said Ownbey was in the possession of a plastic bag containing 15.5 grams of marijuana; five edible “Marijuana Fruity Pebbles Squares,” weighing 303.3 grams; 87 grams of THC oil; and drug paraphernalia, including packaging materials. Wheeler was allegedly in possession of a plastic bag containing 137.5 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including a scale. Giess was reportedly in possession of a “marijuana brownie,” which weighed 49.7 grams; and Moore was in the possession of a plastic bag containing 35.8 grams of marijuana, according to police.
“The two students charged with possession and sale of a controlled substance have been suspended and removed from the university, and the two students charged with possession of marijuana have been suspended from the residence halls, all pending their conduct meetings,” said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs, in a statement. “With the safety and security of our students being our top priority, the university does not tolerate such behavior on any of its campuses. We are working closely with the Hamden Police Department on this matter and are grateful for its officers’ efforts on our behalf.”