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Three University of Massachusetts students charged with dealing drugs

Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald said the three men were arrested earlier this month following an investigation that involved “controlled purchases” from each man, collaborating with confidential informants and obtaining search warrants.

Two of the men were arrested Dec. 4 at 10:39 p.m. at Field dormitory.

Dembe Koi Lai Stephanos, 18, of Johnson City, Tenn., and Daniel Karabchievsky, 21, of Newton, were arrested on charges of possessing a class B drug and possession with intent to distribute a class B drug (LSD), Archbald said.

Two days later, Dec. 6 at 6:13 p.m., officers arrested Jordan Owens, 21, of Cambridge, the North Residential Area on Eastman Lane on two counts of possessing a class B drug and two counts of possession with intent to distribute a class B drug (cocaine and methamphetamines), Archbald said.

All three men have been given interim suspensions by the dean of students office, Archbald said.

Archbald said as soon as information came in about alleged drug deals, police acted quickly to put a stop to them.

“This is a very serious matter for the university and the students when they make a decision to not just consume drugs, but to garner a profit from them,” Archbald said.

Dealing narcotics, he said, can go hand in hand with weapons and violence, especially if a transaction doesn’t go well. He pointed to a 1998 incident when a 17-year-old Amherst man shot a UMass student dealing marijuana from Cashin dormitory. The UMass student suffered a neck wound.

“This is not an element of society we want in our residential halls, and we move quickly to extinguish them,” Archbald said.

No violence was associated with these alleged dealers, and no weapons were confiscated.

‘Pot brownies’

Meanwhile, three additional students are being summoned to court on charges of distributing a class D drug (marijuana) after police determined they were responsible for making “pot brownies” that were distributed at Baker dormitory and made at least four people ill. Like the men under arrest, they face interim suspensions until a formal hearing before the dean of students, Archbald said.

Archbald said police were dispatched to the dormitory Nov. 29 at 10:10 p.m. because a man was incoherent and shaking. Officers were called back an hour later and another ill student was discovered, at which time police identified the students responsible for baking the brownies and where they were stored, confiscating them so they could be sent to a laboratory for testing.

The students to appear in court are two East Longmeadow men, ages 18 and 19, and an 18-year-old South Windsor, Conn., man, Archbald said.

The students who were made ill by the brownies all recovered, he said.

Those charged may face additional charges as they added hashish to the brownie mix, Archbald said.

“They did admit both marijuana and hashish was in the brownies,” he said.

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