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NCC Student Accused of Selling Pot from Dorm Room

Police find marijuana, paraphernalia in Northampton Community College dorm room. Student admits he had 10 to 15 regular customers buying drugs from him.

A Northampton Community College student from York County, Pennsylvania, has been evicted from the college’s residence hall and suspended from classes and all campus activity after he admitted to selling marijuana -- for 10 to 15 regular customers -- out of his room.

During an early-morning search of 20-year-old Andrew J. Arnold’s dorm room, court records say, Bethlehem Township police found more than 100 grams of suspected marijuana, four marijuana-smoking devices, sandwich baggies used to package marijuana, $176 and a small scale.

Arnold, who hails from Felton Borough, was arraigned this morning before District Judge Joseph Barner of Lower Nazareth Township and charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arnold was released from Northampton County Prison after posting 10 percent of $5,000 bail.

According to Heidi Butler, NCC’s director of public information, possession of controlled, illegal or dangerous substances is prohibited on campus.

Allegations of this type generally result in an interim suspension, which would prohibit the student in question from attending classes or participating in classroom activities.

Arnold has received an interim suspension, Butler said.

If found guilty, Arnold could be suspended for a set period of time or expelled.

According to a police criminal complaint:

  • Around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Bethlehem Township police was called to Northampton Community College’s campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, for a narcotics complaint.
  • The college’s campus security explained that it had received complaints of a marijuana odor wafting through the second floor of the residence hall. NCC’s residence hall consists of two buildings connected by a common area, according to www.northampton.edu
  • Campus security determined the odor was coming from Room 213, and escorted two Bethlehem Township police officers to the residence hall.
  • A sergeant with NCC’s campus security told police she spoke to Arnold and he handed over a baggie that contained a green vegetable matter -- suspected marijuana, a brown pipe with burnt residue and a digital scale with an unspecified type of residue.
  • The sergeant added that there were suspicions that illegal sales of narcotics were “originating from the area of Room 213.”
  • Back at the Bethlehem Township police station, Arnold admitted that the items given to campus security belonged to him. However, he claimed the marijuana was for personal use and he used the scale to weigh the marijuana he purchased from his dealer. He denied selling marijuana.
  • During the interview, Officer Troy Abelovsky requested permission to search Arnold’s room at Northampton Community College, which Arnold granted. 
  • Campus security was present when officers conducted the search and found a large bundle of suspected marijuana -- believed to be more than 100 grams -- three glass pipes, sandwich baggies, $176 and a small scale.
  • When officers returned to the police station, Arnold asked to speak to Abelovsky.
  • During a second interview, Arnold admitted to selling marijuana out of his room and has 10 to 15 regular customers. He added that he purchased the large bundle of marijuana for $1,000.
Mary January 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM
The only surprising thing about this story is that we don't hear about it more often. I have high school aged children and can't believe the stories they tell me. So many kids are on a bad path. It's so sad!
Rasterone January 25, 2013 at 09:48 PM
I sure hope steps are being taken to identify and prosecute the 10-15 customers....
Jim January 26, 2013 at 03:03 AM
There's nothing bad about smoking pot, and honestly it is a hundred times safer than alcohol. Seriously, have you ever seen a stoned driver? You can tell because they are going 35mph on a 50mph road. The only thing that's sad is all the Regan era propaganda against this sweet herb. The ingredients of this plant which litteraly are antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti fungal, proliferative, anti spasmodic and cause cancer cells to commit suicide. Not to mention a great stress reliever. So thanks to prohibition so many young kids are forced to put themselves at risk by having to turn to the black market to buy some marijuana flowers. I mean even Thomas Jefferson said there was nothing he enjoyed more than siting on his porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp. And yes it actually does taste sweet and juicy, nothing like the harsh campfire stench of the tobacco so many Americans are helpless to quit even in face of the ridiculously steep tobacco tax. Lets all take a note from California and stop punishing non violent citizens who enjoy consuming the marijuana flower. What's realy sad is thanks to the anti marijuana attitude of our government, witch is controlled by lobbyists from every pharmaceutical company from here to China, this poor kids education will be forefitted in favor of a 6 by 9 cell in Americas "For Profit" prison system. That's right our country has more people in jail than China and Russia combined!
Jim January 26, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Atleast this way our good old boys can compete with labor prices in Mexico, by using prisoners to manufacture most of the US army's supplies such as helmets. While we are destrorying our country lets send more troops to Afghanistan to protect those good old poppy fields from the cruel Taliban.
Rasterone January 26, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Until such time as retail sales of pot in college dorm rooms are legal in PA , it seems to remain a crime and needs to be addressed appropriately--including chasing down buyers, removal of student aid if convicted of drug use etc for the various participants et al

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