Marijuana bust: Ohio students headed to Aspen arrested for possession

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Pot is now technically legal in Colorado for recreational use -- but smoking underage on a bus bound for this state most certainly is not. That was a tough lesson for a group of Ohio students who were caught with marijuana and other drugs on their way here for an Aspen ski trip. But they didn't make it very far. Four students were arrested in Indiana and charged with felonies -- and dozens more were cited for illegal consumption.

Butch Baker, the sheriff in Henry County, Indiana, tells us that at around 3 p.m. on December 14, law enforcement officials got a call from a bus driver that college students on the bus were smoking marijuana.

When asked to stop smoking on the bus, they'd allegedly continued to light up. "Several of the young people had drugs. A lot of them were drinking alcohol," says Baker, who adds that most were underage.

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Henry County Sheriff
Peter Banks
Baker says that the driver pulled into a truck stop on I-70 in Indiana and alerted the authorities, who eventually showed up for a search. Three buses carrying a total of 200 students were searched. In addition to alcohol and marijuana, he notes, other controlled substances found; authorities are still determining what all the drugs were.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs were uncovered; the Dispatch also confirms that most of the students were from Ohio State University and that the trip was part of a Ski and Snowboard Club outing to Aspen.

Ultimately, Baker tells us, four students were arrested. Liam McMahon, 20, was arrested for possession of marijuana, a felony, as well as possession of alcohol of a minor, which is a misdemeanor. Peter Banks, 22, was arrested for possession of marijuana. And Andrew Jeffries, 20, and George Burke, 18, were both arrested for possession of a controlled substance, which is a class D felony. And even if they had made it to Colorado and were all at least 21, the amount of marijuana they had might still have violated this state's law. (Last week, we wrote about the arrest of a Denver resident who was caught on a bus in Lamar with eleven pounds of pot).

Additionally, Baker says, around forty other students were given citations for illegal consumption. They were not taken to jail like the other four, but they may have to pay fines.

An official report, on view below, notes that the students had been asked several times to stop smoking on the bus and that an announcement was even made on the PA system, but the students continued smoking. The report also notes that Jeffries told an officer he didn't have anything illegal on him and then, after the search, said he didn't know what the drugs were in his ziplock baggie.

Baker says the four have bonded out.

According to the Lantern, an OSU student paper, school officials say the event was not funded by the university and apparently the ski group is an independent organization.

Continue for the rest of the mugshots and the full police report.


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merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

I got stoned on many Greyhound buses and drunk on more

nlday
nlday

and this is the future of our american gene pool?  white, arrogant, obnoxious, entitled and not too socially conversive.   protected by their brethren and accomplices in the drug trades (of all colors and breeds) like a band of merry malcontents certain of their own worth.  AlQueda need do no further harm, this crowd will do all the damage needed, from within.

icetrout
icetrout

Stupid is as stupid does ...smoke em if you got em... lol :P Dumb-ass...

chuck.sampson
chuck.sampson

The Forth Amendment to the constitution protects persons against unreasonable searches. In certain circumstances, warrantless searches supported by probable cause may be reasonable and proper under the Fourth Amendment. Such warrantless searches are acceptable when (1) exigent circumstances exist; (2) the search is conducted insident to an arrest; or (3) consent is obtained.

Because the officers reasonably believed that one or more passengers were smoking pot and alcohol consumption by a minor was involved would not give them blanket probable cause to search all passenger (google search for Greenburg Taurig report of the Atlanta Eagle raid where the city paid nearly $5M settling illegal search and seizure and federal civil right suits) especially luggage in the under carriage compartment or the 2nd and 3rd buses.

It is also unlikely that a court would uphold the bus driver's right to consent to the search of the personal belongings of the passengers. In State v. Miller (1991), 77 Ohio App. 3d 305 -- Hotel room was searched without a warrant after the police were contacted by hotel employees and advised of suspected drugs found in the room. Warrant was required. Hotel could not consent to such a search. Also see State v. Hall (1994), 66 Ohio Misc. 2d 80.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Why would ANYONE bring pot to Colorado ?

It's kinda like buying condoms for your wedding night after the bridesmaids have all gone home .....

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

No different than being busted for underage drinking. 21 and up. He deserved it. We dont need stuff like this mucking it up for everyone. Granted underage drinking happens but it, sadly, has less of a negative connotation than MJ use.

bugsycook
bugsycook

It all comes down to respect. Respect my right to smoke marijuana and I will respect your right to not want me to smoke it in front of you. Respect my right to do it in the privacy of my own home and I will respect your right to not wanting me to blow smoke in your face. Respect the laws of the state you are in and most of all children, respect the bus driver!

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

Too bad they didn't make it, woulda been cool to party with this crew!

Don Scott
Don Scott

Yes they were stupid. But Felons ? Really ? We couldnt fine them severely, give them a few days in Jail.... We HAVE to charge them with Felonies ? So lets do our best to destroy their future because they were acting like most of the knuckleheads I see attending school in Boulder ? College Kids acting stupid and smoking pot, thats new..... Perhaps we should start doing the same with underage drinkers ? Makem ALL felons I say !

719
719

idiot!

Derek Dwreck Wynn
Derek Dwreck Wynn

Idiots. If they would have had some respect for the bus driver the first time he asked them to not smoke they wouldnt have had a problem... but instead they want to be arrogant little pricks and that got them busted.

Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson

Hope that's not the kind of idiots this amendment will attract to our great state.

Ehron Moats
Ehron Moats

dumb shit , that's what he gets . Grow up kid , we don't want a bad rep because your an IDIOT.

Faycless
Faycless

Fools like that need to stay away.....

CloudGang
CloudGang

"the amount of marijuana they had might still have violated this state's law".

Might NOT Have Either....

This Is How I  Keep The Heat Off Me..Huge Smiles For The Private Prison Insustry.

aspenspin
aspenspin

I  met a few of the OSU kids in Aspen.  Its clear they forgot that Indiana is a long way from colorful Colorado.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

¨Pot is now technically legal in Colorado.¨

GREAT PROPAGANDA WASTWORD!

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

@nlday 
Really? A bunch of kids smoking pot is worse than AlQueda? Sounds to me like you need to get out more. Make your first stop a mental health clinic.

icetrout
icetrout

@Josh Bradley felony is a bit overboard for pot...NO MORE DRUG WAR!!! 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bugsycook 

Stupid Stoners have no respect ... or intelligence.

That's why they're Stoooopid Stoners!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Derek Dwreck Wynn  ... exactly why marijuana remains illegal in the U$A after all these years.

The obnoxious behavior of Puerile Pot Punks.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Faycless  ... those are EXACTLY the type of Fools that the A64 Pot Tourism Pimps are baiting to visit Colorado.

Reap what ye sow.

bugsycook
bugsycook

@CoreyDonahue  Corey your problem was and still is - and its why you have been delegated to the sidelines and are now completely ineffective because you are now having to hide down in Mexico - is because you and idiots like these kids from Ohio think that the only way to get your point of view across is to always get up into people’s faces and piss them off. You achieved absolutely nothing with your tactics other than to rack up a criminal record, make a complete total idiot out of yourself and to kill off the Occupy Denver movement. If there ever was a "waste", it is you

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay I'm often referred to as a 'Stoner' . Rarely stupid, even when considering I do partake pretty much EVERY waken moment . I may not always be correct,  but NEVER,  do I blame marijuana for any of the extremely limited, shortcomings I may arguably have .

orson
orson

@bugsycook 

We are all on the sidelines now, at the mercy of the legislators and regulators.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bugsycook ... that's what they said about uppity Negros back during the civil rights movement too ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@orson @bugsycook 

Stupid Stoners BEGGED the GOVERNMENT to TAX and REGULATE their precious pot.

Bück Dich! , suckers!


bugsycook
bugsycook

@DonkeyHotay @bugsycook  Let's see, hmmm, who did the majority of this country empathize with? Who really won the civil rights conversation? The respectful Martin Luther King Jr or the up in your face Black Panthers 


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BackOffImStarving

... is that how they do it in the Midwest?


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