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ASU students arrested on drug charges
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ASU students arrested on drug charges
11/24/2004 By Jerry Sena

Appalachian State University Police arrested two ASU students on felony and misdemeanor drug charges, according to a statement released by university police, Thursday.

Policed charged Matthew Conor Byrnes, 18, with one misdemeanor and nine felony drug counts, including possession of 86 grams (three ounces) of marijuana, 180 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, and seven grams of cocaine.

Byrnes?s roommate, Andrew Lee Martin, 19, was also arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Byrnes faces three additional felony counts for storing the drugs in his Justice Hall dormitory room and three more felonies, one each for suspected sale of the three drugs.

ASU police said they were tipped off to the alleged drug activities by a call from the residence hall staff following a routine health and welfare inspection.

Byrnes was taken to the Watauga County Detention Center in Boone, where he is reportedly being held pending an $18,000 secured bond.

His initial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 5 in the Watauga County District Court.

Martin makes his first court appearance Dec. 22, though police made no indication of his detention or bond status.

University police said they?d also confiscated $600 in cash, a digital scale and liquor during their search of the students? room. Neither defendant is of age to legally possess or consume alcohol. Authorities have not said whether further charges were pending.

Justice Hall is named for former North Carolina General Assembly member E. J. Justice. The men?s dormitory is located on the west side of campus, at the corner of Rivers Street and Stadium Drive. Described by ASU literature as a smoke-free house, Justice Hall?s rooms are about 18 by 12 feet, contain two beds, and share a common walk-in closet.

University literature also notes the presence of security monitors for each floor

The arrests come almost exactly a month after the Oct. 21 murder of ASU senior Joey McClure, whose slaying Watauga County Sheriff?s investigators suspect is linked to drug trafficking.

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