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

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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.