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Trip to Aspen, Colo. starts with arrests, possession charges for OSU Ski Club

A trip to Aspen, Colo., didn’t exactly go as planned when buses transporting students were pulled over by authorities and searched for drugs.

The Ohio State University Ski and Snowboard Club trip was headed for the slopes on Dec. 14 when one bus driver called 911 while driving through Indiana, reporting that he smelled marijuana on the bus, according to several reports.

Three buses were searched by a drug-sniffing dog and the Henry County Sheriff’s office, resulting in the arrest of four men for felony drug possession charges. Of the 200 students on the trip, 15 were cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and another 40 to 50 students were cited with a minor misdemeanor possession or consumption of alcohol, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

It also reported that LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms in capsule form, $12,000 in cash and various forms of marijuana were found on the buses.

The majority of students on the trip attend OSU.

Twenty-year-old Liam McMahon of Columbus, 22-year-old Peter Banks of North Canton, 20-year-old Andrew Jefferies of North Canton and 18-year-old George Burke of Pittsburgh were all arrested on felony possession charges, according to multiple reports.

OSU spokeswoman Gayle Saunders told The Lantern no university dollars were spent funding the student organization’s trip.

Saunders said OSU “is looking into the matter” in regards to disciplinary action against any students who received citations.

Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker and members of the OSU Ski and Snowboard Club did not respond to requests for comment. 

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