The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 11, 2013

Suspected dorm dealer faces felony drug charges

By Dan Nienaber
dnienaber@mankatofreepress.com

---- — MANKATO — A student at Minnesota State University has been charged with two felonies for allegedly selling drugs from his dorm room.

An informant told an agent with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force in September that a student was selling drugs from room D323 of the Crawford Residence Hall. The agent contacted MSU security and an officer there told him Jason Guillaume Marshall, 18, of Nashotah, Wis., was living in that room. When the agent met with the informant on Monday and showed him a picture from Marshall's Wisconsin driver's license, the informant told the agent Marshall was the person who had been selling drugs, according to a criminal complaint filed in Blue Earth County District Court.

At that point the agent asked the informant to set up a drug deal with Marshall. The agent reported he listened in on a telephone call where the informant arranged to buy a gram of cocaine for $100. The agent and the informant then met with Marshall in the dorm room. The agent reported smelling a strong marijuana odor inside the room.

When the agent and informant said they were there to buy a gram of cocaine, Marshall allegedly pulled a bag of cocaine from a pocket in a shoe and used a knife to "visually measure" about a gram of the drug, which he put into another bag. The agent estimated the cocaine sold was about a third of what was in the larger bag. With the bag it was in, the cocaine weighed almost 2 grams, the complaint said.

A search warrant was obtained Tuesday and Marshall's room was searched. He wasn't there at the time, but another person was, the complaint said. While the search was taking place, that person received a text message from Marshall that said he was in class if the police were looking for him.

Marshall was arrested when he returned to the room. Investigators reported finding $595 in cash in his wallet, including a $20 bill that had been marked and used for the drug buy with the informant.

Stamps that investigators suspect were laced with LSD, a shoe box containing baked goods that possibly contained marijuana and a suspected drug ledger also were confiscated from Marshall's room.

He was charged Thursday with one count of third-degree drug sales and one count of fifth-degree drug possession. His bail was set at $2,000 with several conditions, including that he stay away from the MSU campus.