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Remember that big drug investigation at William & Mary? Well, some of the suspects have copped pleas

Ten people with ties to William & Mary were arrested in a drug distribution investigation, eight of whom were students. Three of the students and a college employee pleaded guilty to various charges this past week. (Courtesy photo/Williamsburg Police)
Ten people with ties to William & Mary were arrested in a drug distribution investigation, eight of whom were students. Three of the students and a college employee pleaded guilty to various charges this past week. (Courtesy photo/Williamsburg Police)

Three William & Mary students and one employee have pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from a police investigation into drug distribution on campus during the last school year.

Bilol Mirganiev, 18, Nicolas George Manuel, 22, Devin Moore, 20, and Keegan Paugh, 22, pleaded guilty to various charges during hearings on Oct. 15 and 22 in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court, according to online court records.

Here are their pleas:

  • Mirganiev pleaded guilty to a felony charge of drug sales on or near a school; next hearing at 1 p.m. on Jan. 9 in the Williamsburg James City county Circuit Court.
  • Moore pleaded guilty to a felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance; next hearing will be 9 a.m on Jan. 9 in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.
  • Manuel pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance; next hearing at 1 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.
  • Paugh pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of sale and distribute marijuana; next hearing at 1 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

A third defendant, Timothy Pryor, 27, a dining services employee, pleaded guilty on felony charges of distribution of marijuana during a hearing on Oct. 17, said Rebecca Corriveau, jury administrator. 

Pryor is scheduled for sentencing at 9 a.m. on Jan. 9, prosecutor Joshua DeFord said.

The charges are a result of an investigation by the Williamsburg Police Department and the Tri-Rivers Drug task Force that led to arrests in April of eight William & Mary students, a dining services employee, and a visiting professor.

Officers found LSD, cocaine, psilocybin (mushrooms), opioids, amphetamines, steroids, hashish and marijuana at the homes of the suspects as well as $14,000 in cash at one undisclosed residence, authorities said.

Upcoming court dates

Jacob Selmonosky, 18, Falls Church: Two counts of distribution of Schedule II drug and two counts of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school; next court hearing Oct. 24, 9 a.m. in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

Daniel Jacob McBride, 20, Williamsburg: A felony count of distribution of a Schedule II drug; next court hearing Nov. 13, 1 p.m. in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

Gi Sang Yoon, 40, Williamsburg: a visiting professor at William & Mary, charged with two counts of felony distribution of marijuana and one count of possession of hashish; next court hearing scheduled for Nov. 29, 2 p.m. in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

Shannon Cannaday, 21, Leesburg: One count of felony distribution of marijuana was amended by prosecutors to a misdemeanor charge of marijuana distribution, for which Cannaday entered a withheld finding; next court hearing Aug. 8, 2019 at 8 a.m. in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court

Alexander Foley, 20: The case against Foley on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance was scheduled for Oct. 15, but it was continued at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Williamsburg James City County Courthouse, according to court records.

Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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