Two students were arrested Tuesday at their home two blocks from campus on drug-related charges, according to the Abilene Police Department.
The APD Special Operations Division executed a search warrant at 10:33 a.m. at a residence on the 500 block of E.N. 23rd Street. During the search, Abilene police arrested Brendan Pierre Richelet, junior marketing major from Coppell, on charges of first degree felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, which police records indicate was THC, a concentrated form of the psychoactive constituent of cannabis. According to the report, police discovered measuring scales, packaging and wax paper in Richelet’s room at the residence.
In addition, Richelet was charged with three state jail felony charges related to possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and lisdexamfetamine, a controlled stimulant. He also was charged with Class A misdemeanor possession of alprazolam, which is sold under the trade name Xanax, and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Richelet was released Tuesday night on a $53,500 bond, according to Taylor County jail records.
Noah Andrew Massie, junior management major from New Braunfels, was charged with state jail felony possession of THC, often called marijuana wax, state jail felony theft of a firearm and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was released Tuesday night on an $11,000 bond.
According to the search warrant, police became aware that Massie possessed marijuana on the morning of April 29 and gained a search warrant for the residence that day from Taylor County Justice of the Peace Mike McAuliffe. The charges will now be forwarded to the Taylor County District Attorney’s office, which will decide which charges to pursue to indictment before a grand jury.
Manufacture and delivery of THC is the most serious of the charges. A first degree felony, it is punishable by no less than five to 99 years in a state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. State jail felonies are punishable by confinement in a state jail for not more than two years or less than 180 days and a fine of not more than $10,000.
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of not more than $4000 and a jail term of up to a year, and Class B misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of not more than $2000 and jail time of up to 180 days.
This post has been updated to include information included in the search warrant.