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Gallaudet student arrested on drug charges

Police have arrested and charged a Gallaudet University student with intending to distribute drugs after authorities said they found two pounds of marijuana — some baked into fudge and cookies — in her dorm room on the Northeast Washington campus.

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Monday released Molly E. Sachs to a drug treatment center and ordered her to appear for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 31, according to online court records.

Sachs is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a felony.

A university spokeswoman confirmed that Sachs is a student and said the school is cooperating with authorities. Statistics show that in 2011, the latest available, three students at the school for the deaf were arrested on drug charges in dorms, and 147 were referred to campus judicial review for drug-related issues. The school has about 1,100 undergraduates.

D.C. police say in court documents that a school security officer had been notified by a resident assistant about a strong odor of marijuana from a dorm room.

Authorities searched the room, allowed under university rules, and said they found several dozen individually wrapped chocolate fudge squares and cookies “which smelled of marijuana,” according to court documents.

A more thorough search, police said in court papers, revealed $1,460 in cash, in a closet, white fudge police said smelled of marijuana, and nine clear bags of marijuana in the bathroom. Police also said they found more than 100 prescription pills.

The drugs, police said, “did not appear to be intended for personal use.”

A personal web site the university spokeswoman said belonged to Sachs described the student as a senior majoring in American sign language.

The university spokeswoman would not comment on any disciplinary action.


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