Freshman arrested for drug possession after illegally parking car in handicapped space

Published by adviser, Author: Catie Clark - Assistant News Editor, Date: February 28, 2013
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An illegally parked car led campus police to a drug-related arrest Friday night.

Tyler Dagres, 19, of Grove City, was arrested after SRU Police said they noticed a car parked in a handicapped parking space along Campus Drive near Rhoads Hall.

Dagres, a freshman at SRU, was charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and corruption of minors, according to court documents.

As officers approached the illegally parked car with the intention of telling the driver to move, they allegedly noticed a 1.9-ounce bag of marijuana sticking out of his shirtsleeve.

After Dagres was ordered to put his hands in the air, officers noticed a second 14.8-gram bag of marijuana in plain view on the car seat.

Both bags were confiscated and Dagres was arrested.

Dagres was transported to Butler County Prison by authorities.

Chief of Police, Michael Simmons, was unavailable for additional comment at press time.

Slippery Rock University has a Drug Free Workplace Policy, in accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988.

Under the policy, students, faculty, and staff employees are expressly prohibited from manufacturing, distributing, selling, dispensing, possessing or using any controlled substance in the workplace, on campus or in any facility owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by Slippery Rock University.

SRU also includes University related events, programs, or activities which occur on campus and off campus in the policy.

Students violating this policy may be subject to the sanctions of the Code of Conduct as well as the laws and Crime Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Disciplinary sanctions implemented under the Code of Conduct will include a referral to the Coordinator of Student Standards for appropriate action, and can include a referral for prosecution.

Actions taken by the Coordinator of Student Standards could range from an education or counseling program, to suspension or permanent dismissal from the University.

The full document is available to all students, faculty, and staff in the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, the University Police Office, and other university administrative offices.

Students violating the University’s Code of Conduct are also liable for Pennsylvania’s laws governing marijuana and other illegal drugs and criminal prosecution.

Legal sanctions implemented in Pennsylvania vary by the degree of the offense.

For possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use (30 grams of marijuana or eight grams of hashish) the crime is a misdemeanor, and the violator can serve up to 30 days imprisonment and a fine of up to $500.

Use or delivery of drug paraphernalia is also a misdemeanor, with punishment of up to one-year imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500.

For Trafficking drugs to minors, the consequence is at least one-year confinement, and two years imprisonment if within 1,000 feet of a school, college or university.

Opiates, hallucinogenic substances and, marijuana are considered a punishable felony, and can result in up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000.

Methamphetamine, cocoa leaves and, marijuana (in excess of 1,000 pounds) is also a felony, resulting in imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine of up to $100,000.

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