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Ferris Students Face Felony Charges

by Published: Sep 11, 2013

Two Ferris State University stu­dents were arraigned Friday at the 77th District Court in Big Rapids on felony charges related to a mar­i­juana com­plaint that offi­cers responded to early last week.

Ferris offi­cers were dis­patched to Lot 4, a res­i­den­tial park­ing lot near Travis Hall, in ref­er­ence to a mar­i­juana com­plaint on Sept. 3 at 10:47 p.m. Once on the scene, offi­cers reported smelling mar­i­juana and wit­nessed sev­eral sub­jects fleeing.

According to the Ferris Department of Public Safety police log, one sub­ject stopped, and two sub­jects were iden­ti­fied nearby.

Noah Raines, 18, of Ludington, was lodged in the Mecosta County Jail and later released on a $50,000 bond. He was charged with one count of ille­gal sale of med­ical mar­i­juana. Under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, reg­is­tered med­ical mar­i­juana patients are pro­hib­ited from sell­ing mar­i­juana to indi­vid­u­als not approved to use mar­i­juana for med­ical pur­poses. If the case goes to trial, the max­i­mum sen­tence pos­si­ble is two years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine as well as loss of the individual’s med­ical mar­i­juana license.

Raines was also charged with one count of deliv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance (mar­i­juana), which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of four years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Ferris DPS Director Bruce Borkovich declined to com­ment on the amount of mar­i­juana recov­ered at the scene.

“I don’t think you can deny that since the Michigan med­ical mar­i­juana law has been passed there’s more mar­i­juana around. There’s no ques­tion,” Borkovich said. “There are folks who use mar­i­juana under the author­ity of that law legally, and there are folks who don’t use it legally and who take an oppor­tu­nity to sell it illegally.”

Even if a per­son has a med­ical mar­i­juana card, they are still pro­hib­ited from using or pos­sess­ing mar­i­juana on Ferris’ cam­pus, Borkovich added.

Dylan Naughton, 19, of Troy, was also lodged in the county jail and later released on a $25,000 bond. He was charged with one count of fur­nish­ing con­tra­band to pris­on­ers, specif­i­cally mar­i­juana oil. The felony charge car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of five years in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.

Additionally, Naughton was charged with one count of resist­ing an offi­cer, which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of two years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine.

The third sub­ject, who is also a Ferris stu­dent, was charged with minor in pos­ses­sion of alco­hol, which is a mis­de­meanor offense.

The final pre­trial con­fer­ence for both Raines and Naughton was sched­uled for Tuesday, Sept. 10. An update on the case was not avail­able at press time.

If an agree­ment was not reached at the pre­trial con­fer­ence, a pre­lim­i­nary exam­i­na­tion will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Mecosta County courthouse.

 
 
  • Bruce Campbell

    Thank god Ferris State police caught these hor­ri­ble crim­i­nals. I know I will feel safer with these drug-crazed teenagers behind bars. Hopefully, due to their detestable actions, they remain in jail for a long time and become unable to com­plete col­lege or find a real job for the rest of their life.

    • reddog300

      Sarcasm?

  • Dirk

    Ferris DPS Director Bruce Borkovich declined to com­ment on the amount of mar­i­juana recov­ered at the scene.…because there was NONE!!!!!!

    • Pam

      Why don’t you actu­ally do some “inves­tiga­tive” jour­nal­ism instead of drag­ging some law abid­ing 18 yr old kids name through the mud. Borderline slanderous.