May 20th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools, Cops and Courts, CLEAN UP

A Former Reedie is Back in Court on New Drug Charge


A former Reed College student who was turned in by the school's administration for trafficking drugs was back in court this morning facing new charges.

Prosecutors say Rich Hubbard, a 22-year-old originally from North Carolina, violated his probation when he was caught blowing a red light a block from campus May 10 with ecstasy in his car. Hubbard has a past DUII conviction, and police suspected he had been drinking again on this occasion, but he refused to take a breathalyzer.

"Mr. Hubbard also displayed a very cavalier attitude (to police) in addition to his reckless driving," Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark McDonnell said in court this morning.

Hubbard appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Ángel Lopez in a pink jail T-shirt and jumpsuit on charges of possession of MDMA, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and refusing a breathalyzer. He pleaded not guilty to all counts.

As previously reported in WW, on tips from Reed staff, police busted Hubbard in 2008 on suspicion of dealing ecstasy, opium, 2CB, BZP, mushrooms and weed. He was a 20-year-old sophomore at the time living a block from campus. Authorities say he ditched court and spent months living on campus while he was wanted by police.

After his arrest, Hubbard did not resume classes at Reed during the 2009-2010 school year. He pleaded guilty last November to one count of delivering a controlled substance, and was sentenced to three months in jail and three years of probation.

McDonnell said in court Hubbard got out of jail in February. According to court documents, he lacks stable housing and lives mainly with his girlfriend about five blocks from the Reed campus. Hubbard has retained Stephen Houze, one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Oregon. Houze said in court today Hubbard is taking classes at Portland State University and Portland Community College.

Hubbard's next hearing is June 21, when Judge Lopez will decide whether to grant McDonnell's request that he be sent to prison on a suspended sentence because he violated his probation. Houze requested Hubbard be sent to substance-free housing instead.

Meanwhile, an update on another former Reed student busted on a tip from the administration: Camilla Muldrow has her next hearing scheduled for June 14.


As previously reported in WW, Muldrow was turned in by campus security on March 3. In her dorm room, according to court records, police found 24 grams of cocaine and a bag labeled “Renn Fayre” containing ketamine, 2CB, hash, opium and ecstasy. She pleaded not guilty.

Drug use at Reed has been in the spotlight since local and federal authorities warned college President Colin Diver last month to “shut down illegal drug use and distribution" at the elite private school in Southeast Portland.
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