By Devin Rose
For the first time in the school's history, a Dominican University student was charged last month with possession of methamphetamine and heroin after police found the substances in his dorm room.
"It's the first time we've had any reports of either of those," said Joel Nayder, assistant manager of campus safety and security.
Police were dispatched to the Power Hall dorm room of 20-year-old Marcin Sip of Chicago on Feb. 6, according to River Forest Deputy Police Chief Craig Rutz. University staff called police after they smelled marijuana coming from Sip's room. When security arrived, the windows were open, Rutz said. Sip became agitated and wanted to remove a garbage bag from the room. Security called River Forest police, and Sip admitted to them that he threw a box out of the window, which they recovered on the ground.
Police opened the box and found a substance that appeared to be marijuana and small bags containing pills, powder and syringes. The powder was identified as heroin and methamphetamine, Rutz said. There were other prescription pills and 16 grams of marijuana.
Sip was charged with four felonies: possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine, manufacture or delivery of less than 10 grams of heroin, and two charges of possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Rutz said he didn't think the incident was part of a larger drug operation at the school, where students are generally not part of the drug culture. But "I'm sure it goes on," he said.
Nayder said no reports of either methamphetamine or heroin have been made to security since that incident.