By Natalie Butz
Seniors Spencer Evans, Kenneth Graeme Menzies III, and Dakota Poe were arrested on Oct. 12 after the Kent County Narcotics Task Force searched their off campus home and found small bags of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
An electronic scale, distribution-type packaging material, numerous marijuana smoking devices and $359 in cash was also seized, according to a press release issued by the task force.
Evans, Menzies, and Poe were all charged the following day with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
A fourth suspect is currently being sought.
This is the first criminal offense for both Menzies and Poe. According to state court records, Evans was charged with all the same offenses on March 18, 2010. His case was forwarded to the Kent County Circuit Court where he received a year of probation and his criminal jury trial was cancelled.
Former honor board member Professor Corey Olsen said that Honor Board sanctions for students who are first-time offenders could range from probation to suspension.
However, for a repeat offender, “suspension would be probable and expulsion is possible,” he said.
The students’ cases will not go before the Honor Board until a court decision has been rendered. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for Nov. 8 in Kent County Circuit Court.