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Several FSU Students Arrested in Drug Trafficking Investigation

Posted: 4:38 PM, Nov 18, 2015
Updated: 2015-11-18 12:00:14-05
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)— The Florida State University Police Department arrested six people on felony charges today.

FSUPD worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and numerous other agencies to conduct the investigation and issue the arrests. 

Those arrested include current FSU students. Charges include conspiracy to sell cocaine, trafficking in cocaine and sale of cocaine.

According to authorities, through the investigation high-level drug traffickers were identified and targeted. These individuals appeared to be introducing cocaine into college areas.

“Illegal drugs have no place in our environment,” said Assistant Vice President for Safety/Chief of Police David Perry. “This is an ongoing investigation and we will continue to work tirelessly with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to ensure Florida State University’s campus remains a safe place for all. Additional arrests are pending.” 

The following individuals have been arrested on the following associated charges:

Neil Clayton Maurice Schmidt, non-student: trafficking in cocaine, sale of cocaine (felonies)
 
Brandon Jeffery Schmidt, non-student: sale of cocaine (felony)
 
James Slicer Purcell Penny, FSU student:  in cocaine, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine (felonies)
 
Jorge M. Perez, non-student: trafficking in cocaine – 2 counts (felonies)
 
Stephen J. Howard, FSU student: trafficking in cocaine – 2 counts (felonies), plus four additional felony charges
 
Harrison Dubosar, FSU student: purchase of cocaine (felony)

“University administrators have been notified of these arrests,” said FSU Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Coburn. “We have no tolerance for this or any other illegal activity. We commend the men and women of the FSU Police Department for their tireless efforts to protect our community and keep students safe.”