Portland police arrested 20-year-old Reed College students, Roland Bracewell Shoemaker and Manuel Abreu, on Monday, seizing what an announcement described as "an estimated 2-3 pounds of marijuana, a small amount of MDMA and LSD, as well as packaging material and scales."
Yesterday afternoon, two Reed students were taken into police custody on suspicion of felony drug charges, relating to alleged possession and distribution of large quantities of illegal drugs. This action was taken in accordance with Reed's Memorandum of Understanding with the Portland Police Bureau regarding cooperation in enforcement of state and federal drug laws, as well as the published plan for implementing the college's Drug and Alcohol Policy.After collecting substantial, reliable information, Reed's Community Safety Department established probable cause that very serious illegal and dangerous activities were taking place in a campus student residence. I reviewed the evidence, and in consultation with VP/Dean of Students Mike Brody and Community Safety Director Gary Granger made the decision to search the campus residence.The College has made it clear, in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Implementation Plan and in consistent actions implementing that Plan over the past three years, that it cannot and will not tolerate the possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs on campus property. Such behavior endangers the health and welfare of the entire community, attracts potentially dangerous criminal activity on campus, undermines the academic mission of the college, and violates the college's obligations under state and federal law.The actions taken yesterday are fully consistent with the college's consistently articulated and enforced obligations to its students and to the larger community. If similar circumstances arise in the future, the college will take the same actions.