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University of Miami, of Ohio students arrested for drug trafficking

May 3, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
University of Miami, of Ohio students arrested for drug trafficking Clockwise from top left: William P. Berg; Brett S. Balick; Eric W. Dewinter; and Roman Sembay.

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Three students attending the University of Miami, of Ohio were taken into custody last week for distributing prescription drugs and cocaine. Another student was arrested for possessing the drugs in his dorm.

After an almost six-month probe conducted by the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Task Force, Brett Balick, 21, Eric Dewinter, 21, and William Berg, 22, were charged with drug trafficking. The three men live a few blocks away from campus in Oxford, WCPO reported.

Roman Sembay, 19, was also arrested and charged with possession of prescription drugs and cocaine in his dorm room.

Items seized from Sembay’s Swing Hall room

All of the students were hit with felony charges, and additional charges are expected as the investigation proceeds. The arrests were carried out less than two weeks before summer break.

The Oxford Police Department and Miami University Police Department cooperated with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the task force in executing the search warrants and arresting the suspects.

The federal Clery Act dictates that the MUPD should report criminal activity on/around campus on its log, but the incidents were not listed. University officials said it is standard practice while a task force investigation is continuing.

Clery permits an entity to “temporarily withhold information from a log if there is evidence that the release of information would jeopardize an investigation or the safety of an individual, cause a suspect to evade detection, or result in the destruction of evidence.”

The University may seek disciplinary action against the students for violating the Student Code of Conduct.

The possession or sale of drugs could result in suspension or termination from the college. Those sanctions may be implemented as the criminal charges are pending or even if the charges are dismissed.

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