Student arrested on charges of drug possession


A Franciscan University of Steubenville student was taken into custody Saturday, Aug. 31, on charges of possessing LSD.

The transfer student is currently facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, a fourth degree felony. 

According to Steubenville police reports, officers responded to a call from the university to assist Ambulance Service Inc. (ASI) personnel with a student in one of the dorms on the university’s campus. 

Patrolman M. Harris, the responsible officer at the scene, said ASI personnel told him that the student had taken an unknown amount of what they believed to be LSD. 

Harris said that when he entered the room, the student was seated shirtless at his desk chair and was unable to answer any questions regarding his identity or details about what had taken place. 

ASI personnel reported having found on the student’s bed a deck of cards containing what appeared to be several strips of LSD. 

According to police reports, the substance was transported to the police department, where tests revealed it to be 10 strips of LSD paper, containing a total of 40 squares of LSD. 

The student was transported from the university to Trinity Medical Center West, where he was held by the police. 

He will appear before the Steubenville municipal court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. 

Tom Sofio, the Associate Director of Marketing & Communications at Franciscan University, responded to the incident. “The Franciscan University family is praying for the student involved,” he said. “We will be investigating this situation and handling it according to our policies.

While privacy rules prevent the university from commenting further on details of the case, the Troubadour hopes to provide more information in the future on the broad issue of drug use on campus.