Penn State Law Student Charged with Selling Marijuana

A Penn State law student and Youtube Pokemon master was arrested and charged with eight felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver following multiple controlled marijuana buys facilitated by the State College Police Department, resulting in the student’s ban from the Lewis Katz Law Building.

Amro Ayman Elansari was arrested on Feb. 28 following an investigation that started in January. In addition to the intent to deliver charges, he also is facing an additional three felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility, four counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of paraphernalia.

Penn State also served him with a notice of trespass and a preliminary injunction to keep him out of the law building, according to an email sent to law students and staff. The email stated that student’s safety isn’t at risk, but if anyone sees him in the building they should call campus police or contact the law school’s Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Keith Elkin at (814) 865-9035.

In January, a State College Police Officer, who is also a member of the Centre County Drug Task Force, was told by a confidential informant that Elansari was selling marijuana in the State College area. Once they identified Elansari, police sent the confidential informant with $180 to conduct a controlled purchase of marijuana in mid-February. Police said during this buy, Elansari sold the informant about half an ounce of marijuana for $160.

A few days later, police staged another controlled buy. During this purchase, Elansari sold about half an ounce of marijuana and about .4 grams of marijuana wax to the informant for $180, according to court documents.

Police then staged a third controlled buy from Elansari. This time, he sold 27 grams of marijuana and .8 grams of marijuana wax to the informant, according to court documents. That same day, the informant arranged to purchase additional marijuana from Elansari, but this time, police obtained a search warrant and entered the residence.

While executing the search warrant in his bedroom police found Elansari’s phone, a zip lock bag containing 30.2 grams of marijuana, a mason jar with 1.7 grams of suspected marijuana, and two sandwich bags, a silver grinder and a digital scale, a Food Saver bag and a glass smoking device all with suspected marijuana residue on them, according to police. Police also found a small piece of paper and a plastic bag with suspected marijuana wax residue.

In Elansari’s kitchen, police found two packages of wax paper with 13.2 grams of suspected marijuana in them in the freezer. They also located a glass smoking device with suspected marijuana residue. In his bathroom, police found a glass slide with suspected marijuana residue and a pipe with marijuana residue.

There is no risk for Elansari being caught in the Katz building for now — the lawsuit aficionado was unable to post his $25,000 bail and is currently being held at the Centre County Courthouse. His formal arraignment is set for April 1.

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Mindy Szkaradnik

Mindy is a senior majoring in Print Journalism, Spanish, and Global and International Studies. She is the 12th member of her family to attend Penn State, she loves Bruce Springsteen, and her friends are always making fun of her for talking too much about study abroad. She can be reached on Twitter (@mszkarad) or via email ([email protected]).

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