State police, DEA investigate substance

No injuries, ongoing threats reported after incident

~Matthew Scherger, BreakingCNU Editor~

On Feb. 4, 2019, local police and the fire department responded to a report of a suspicious substance on CNU’s campus.

The crime log at CNU reported a drug violation, alcohol violation and vandalism charges at CNU Crossing. Of significance, this report mentioned the “Manufacture and Possession of Schedule I drugs.”

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) defines Schedule I drugs as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” 

State police joined the investigation and the substance in question was sent to the Eastern Laboratory in Norfolk, VA for testing. As of Monday, February 11, the substance remained unidentified.  

The DEA was unable to comment on the investigation and will be unable to provide more information until the investigation is concluded.

When asked for a comment, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) responded with, “Due to University requirements, we are prohibited to comment on the recent events.”

Jim Hanchett, Chief Communications Officer for the Office of Communication and Public Relations sympathizes with concerned students and parents. “The University understands that students are interested in the outcome but are limited by the pace of the investigation and the privacy regulations in place [FERPA].”

As for the unit in question, it was closed for cleaning and will not be reoccupied for the remainder of the semester. 

The name’s of the individuals involved are protected due to the ongoing nature of the case.

The Captain’s Log is in the process of reaching out to the Newport News Circuit Court to investigate what, if any, warrants were filed, and what the status of these warrants are. We are also in the process of acquiring official public documents relating to the investigation through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  

The Captain’s Log will be publishing further updates as we learn them in line with our mission statement, “To provide news coverage on subjects affecting student activities, interests and organizations on campus through effective and ethical journalism practices.”

Jim Hanchett, Chief Communications Officer for the Office of Communication and Public Relations sympathizes with concerned students and parents. “The University understands that students are interested in the outcome but are limited by the pace of the investigation and the privacy regulations in place [FERPA].”

As for the unit in question, it was closed for cleaning and will not be reoccupied for the remainder of the semester. 

The names of the individuals involved are protected due to the ongoing nature of the case.

The Captain’s Log is in the process of reaching out to the Newport News Circuit Court to investigate what, if any, warrants were filed, and what the status of these warrants are. We are also in the process of acquiring official public documents relating to the investigation through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  

The Captain’s Log will be publishing further updates as we learn them in line with our mission statement, “To provide news coverage on subjects affecting student activities, interests and organizations on campus through effective and ethical journalism practices.”


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