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W&M Police: Freshman Football Player Possessed Cocaine, Dealt LSD

Samuel Marshall (Photo courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

Samuel Marshall (Photo courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A College of William and Mary freshman who redshirts for the football team was arrested Feb. 23 and charged with 17 felonies related to drugs, including the sale of LSD and the possession of cocaine.

The William and Mary Police Department arrested Samuel Marshall on Feb. 23 and charged him with eight counts of distributing a controlled substance, eight counts of selling drugs near a school or library, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor.

William and Mary spokesperson Suzanne Seurattan said in an email that Marshall was arrested for activity alleged to have occurred between Feb. 1 and Feb. 23. He was taken to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Seurattan said the investigation is ongoing. Nobody else has yet been charged.

Marshall, a Charlottesville native, is listed as an offensive lineman for the football team who redshirted during the 2013 season. A redshirt athlete is one who sits out during a season in order to earn another year of eligibility. Tribe Athletics spokesperson Pete Clawson said Marshall is suspended indefinitely from the team pending the results of the legal process.

According to Virginia State Code, it is a felony to manufacture or sell drugs near schools, bus stops, recreation or community centers, libraries or other public property. That felony charge is distinct from the more general manufacture or distribution charge, meaning anyone believed to be manufacturing or selling drugs near those properties will face both charges.

Marshall’s next court appearance will be at 2 p.m. March 27 in Williamsburg-James City County District Court.

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18 Responses to W&M Police: Freshman Football Player Possessed Cocaine, Dealt LSD

  1. parent Reply

    March 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    crazy

  2. Anonymous Reply

    February 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    You are hypocritical if you can say that you have never done anything wrong! Why aren’t any of the people he sold it to being arrested.

  3. Tom Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    This kid did nothing wrong. He also committed several very serious felonies. Until people are able to comprehend these two realities, the controversy over drug laws will continue. But since our society and our laws are so ridiculous, go ahead and put a fence on the boy. Arguing proves your stupidity, you can if you want to Bob.

  4. One of Sam's good friends Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Sam was the best dude I know and did not deserve any of this. Half of these facts are completely wrong and stupid. If you didn’t knOw who he was then shut up because you sound like an idiot. Know your place. Sam had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone he truly cared about. So, if you don’t know him or the details SHUT UP.

  5. Jake Livengood Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    We got your back Sam. The ones who know who you really are will support you till the end. All that needs to be said

    • CC Reply

      February 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

      You need to get all his friends to rally behind him! He needs y’all more than ever right now! What people don’t know is that the amount of drugs in possession is so low that it can easily trump up a charge to distribution. For example, 5 grams of cocaine is the size of a nickel. I am not making excuses for the young man. He has become involved with illegal activity and needs a wakeup call. But to say he needs to be locked away from society to keep the community safe is ridiculous. The kid is not a danger. The general public needs to be educated on the justice system and how it REALLY works. What is unsettling to me are the mandatory minimum sentences that accompany these crimes. It is also unsettling that there aren’t other options to imprisonment for many crimes, but that is another subject for another day. God Bless.

      • TLJ Reply

        March 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

        If you think 5gms of cocain is the size of a nickel you need to get a new dealer. LOL seriously.

  6. Toodles Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    This isn’t some kid that was just caught smoking a little weed or taking a few hits of acid…This is an adult who was selling cocaine and LSD. He is a drug dealer and should be treated as such. Once you sell, you lose the “I’m a good guy and it was a onetime mistake” privilege.

  7. ConcernedParent Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Whether or not this person is nice is not relevant . He didn’t make one mistake. He was caught one time. He has likely been breaking the law as a routine and only now got caught. Listening to music about drugs is not the same as possessing, dealing and using drugs. Come on! The kid needs to get his life together in whatever facility protects our community from him and offers him a chance to appreciate his lifestyle mistakes.

  8. cissy Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Once again, being young and stupid can ruin a young persons life. Another example of a good young man who made a very bad decision. I certainly hope this young man is not sitting in a jail cell! This state needs a restorative justice program for young adults 18-21. Many prayers to him and his family. I know what you are going through!

  9. Fred Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

    one mistake? One mistake would be something like buying some weed for the first time and getting caught. But with 17 FELONIES hanging over your head due to selling LSD and coke, that’s more than one mistake, that’s 17 big mistakes. He may be a good kid and good kids can make bad decisions. I hope this wakes him up. Playing college football and attending W&M should be a bigger high than doing drugs.

    • Tripp Reply

      March 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

      +1 on that. Probably had a scholarship, too. What a lost opportunity; I feel sorry for him – but his actions did have a negative impact on others, and this must be taken into account when considering his punishment.

  10. Mmhmmh Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 12:03 am

    People are saying he made one mistake, he was charged for EIGHTEEN counts of drug related offenses. He should use this as a learning experience.

    • Anonymous Reply

      February 27, 2014 at 2:36 am

      80% of the offenses are stupid things related to school grounds/being close to a library

  11. Anonymous Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Sam is not a criminal. Sam has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met. He made one bad mistake. There is a hypocrisy in our society regarding drug use. A state school can sponsor a concert for someone who openly sings about drugs, yet something like this can ruin a kids life? Something needs to be reevaluated.

  12. Great Guy Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    He is an amazing guy. I graduated a year earlier than him and I have many great memories with him.I just saw him over Christmas, He always has a smile on his face and though he made a mistake, his morals should be taken into account and the charges should be reduced.

  13. ************ Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I went to high school this guy a few years older. This guy was a great kid to be around he had everything going for him in football and baseball. I pray for his parents and family. This is a prime example of what happens when you fall into the wrong crowd. Sam stay strong don’t let this one mistake ruin the rest of your life!!!!

  14. Damn Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Wow….

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