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William and Mary freshman facing felony drug charges

A student at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is facing multiple felony charges related to the possession and sale of LSD. The 19-year-old freshman reportedly admitted to campus police that he sold the drug to at least eight other students on multiple occasions in February. The student, who had been a lineman for the football team, had earlier been removed from the team and did not play last season.

The arrest occurred after another student was hospitalized for overdosing on LSD. A friend of the hospitalized student reportedly told police that the LSD had been purchased from the defendant. When police located the defendant, he gave police permission to search his dorm room. He reportedly disclosed to them that he had cocaine as well as marijuana paraphernalia there.

The defendant, who is from Charlottesville, Virginia, has been charged with 17 counts in all. These include 16 felony drug charges -- eight each of manufacturing or distributing a controlled substance and selling drugs on or near a school or library. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana. The amount of the individual sales allegedly ranges from $10 to $100.

The defendant was taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, where he was being held without bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for later in the month. Felony drug charges can impact a young person for the rest of his or her life. Criminal defense attorneys can help protect defendants' rights as they go through the justice system. They can also work to help mitigate the long-term effects of drug charges and convictions on defendants' future.

Source: Daily Press, "Former W&M football player accused of selling LSD to students" Susan Robertson, Feb. 26, 2014

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