The USU Police Department has been finding evidence of marijuana use in the LLC and other on-campus residences.”Since Aug. 1, we have had three arrests due to marijuana on campus,” said Chief Steve Mecham of USU Police.Mecham said USU Police investigated three incidents where there was evidence of illegal marijuana use. The incidents happened in two different sections of on-campus housing. Mecham said the incidents were isolated from each other.A male student was arrested on Oct. 8 for possession of marijuana in the Living Learning Center (LLC), Mecham said. Officers responded to a report that a room smelled like marijuana. Since the LLC is designated as a drug-free zone, the crime was classifiead as a class A misdemeanor.A friend of the individual arrested and LLC resident, said, “The police found two stems. It was a $650 bail.”Preventive measures have been taken by the police in past years to ensure that on-campus housing staff members know how to recognize marijuana by sight and smell, and what they should do so that they can report it, Mecham said.”Where we have the opportunity we can do education,” he said.Capt. Steven Milne of USU Police said such training, which is usually done at the beginning of the school year, has been effective. A lot of the calls reporting suspicious activities, such as marijuana, come from resident assistants in the dorms, he said. Roommates also call to report suspicions, he said.Mecham said an arrest happened Aug. 17, the week before fall semester began. The driver of a vehicle was pulled over for a traffic violation, and officers found the driver to be in possession of marijuana. The driver surrendered the marijuana. Meacham said there were no indications of the driver being high at the time.Wasatch Hall has also had its share of scrutiny by the police in respect to marijuana use by its residents.While investigating a bike theft on Sept. 29, Mecham said, police found a marijuana pipe. He said that incident was investigated as well.
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