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Students Charged In Drug Bust At Fairfield University

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Four Fairfield University students were arrested and another five given infractions on Friday, April 1after a campus investigation turned up cocaine, psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana in student residences, police said Wednesday.

Acting on an informant’s tip about narcotics sales, the university’s Department of Public Safety launched an investigation, said Det. Stephen Rilling.

The team searched three dorm rooms in Claver and Jogues halls and a campus townhouse and alerted police to their findings, Rilling said. Police made the arrests around 11 a.m. Friday.

Dzemal Ganic, 22, of Beacon View Drive, Fairfield, was charged with possession of a hallucinogen or less than four ounces of marijuana and use and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the police report. Rilling said Ganic possessed marijuana.

James Brown, 19, of Garden Street, Hoboken, N.J., was charged with possession of a hallucinogen or less than four ounces of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance or less than four ounces of marijuana, police said. Rilling said he was found in possession of mushrooms and marijuana.

Jack Crowley, 20, of Foster Crossing, East Quogue, N.Y., was charged with use and possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotics and possession of a controlled substance or less than four ounces of marijuana, police said. He possessed cocaine and marijuana, Rilling said.

Brian Mason, 20, of Ware Drive, Norfolk, Mass., was charged with use and possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance or less than four ounces of marijuana, police said. He possessed a prescription medicine for which he didn’t have a prescription, Rilling said.

All four were released on a promise to appear in court. Brown, Crowley and Mason are scheduled to appear on April 18, police said. Ganic is due in court on April 15, police said.

Fairfield released a statement Wednesday, acknowledging the arrests.

“Fairfield University expects all students to uphold the University’s code of conduct at all times,” it reads. “We continue to work with the Fairfield Police Department in this matter.”

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