URI student arrested for selling marijuana

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A student at the University of Rhode Island was arrested Monday under suspicion of selling marijuana.

Dan Coburn, 21, is a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity at the school’s Kingston campus. South Kingston Police received a tip that he had been selling large quantities of marijuana out of his bedroom at the fraternity house.

“The charge he’s facing — it’s a serious felony which may require him to go to prison,” Det. Lt. Alfred Bucco of the South Kingston Police Department said.

Police say they found two pounds of marijuana, a small amount of hash oil and $604 in cash while searching the residence.

Coburn was arraigned Tuesday on a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver.

“We don’t have any indication he was making it. However, the way it was packaged, it appears that it is a large scale operation,” Bucco said.

His bail was set at $10,000 with surety, and his parents posted the required 10% for his release.

The university released the following statement Tuesday:

“The arrest of Dan Coburn, a sophomore student charged Monday, April 20 with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, has been referred to the University’s Office of Student Life for consideration as part of its student conduct process. Disciplinary action could result in dismissal.”

Police are now trying to identify where the supply was coming from.Annie Shalvey contributed to this report.

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