Harbin freshman arrested for “use of a controlled substance”

6:45 p.m. update: At her arraignment, Baltazar pled not guilty to charges of unlawful possession of and intent to sell marijuana and the sale of drug paraphernalia. She was released from custody, but the D.C. Superior Court recommended that she undergo drug testing and treatment.

During the arraignment, Baltazar’s attorney, Brian M. Heberlig, added that his client will be meeting with “the head of Georgetown’s student disciplinary board” on Friday.

Baltazar and Heberlig declined to comment on the case after the arraignment adjourned. Her next court hearing is scheduled for November 19 at 9 a.m.

5:00 p.m. update: According to MPD’s incident report, DPS reported to members of the Narcotic and Special Investigations Division that Baltazar was selling marijuana on the Georgetown campus. In addition to  a substance that field-tested positive for THC, MPD also recovered drug paraphernalia in her room.

2:10 p.m. update: Baltazar will be arraigned this afternoon in D.C. Superior Court.

Wednesday, 1:25 p.m. update: According to University spokesperson Julie Green Bataille, Baltazar’s arrest was part of an “ongoing investigation” on the part of University Public Safety and the Metropolitan Police Department.

Last night, MPD and DPS “found reason to suspect drug use” in Baltazar’s second-floor Harbin Hall room, which led to a search of the premises and her arrest. In an email to Vox, Bataille added that the investigation is separate from another ongoing investigation into the arrests of Charles Smith (SFS ’14), John Romano (COL ’14), and John Perrone, a freshman at the University of Richmond. Romano was released by authorities and was relieved of all charges against him on Monday; Smith and Perrone were charged with conspiracy to manufacture and possession with intent to distribute DMT, a hallucinogenic drug.

“We are working actively with MPD to understand if there are any connections but at this time believe they are unrelated incidents,” Bataille wrote. “We do believe both of these recent incidents are unusual events on our campus and do not represent the vast majority of Georgetown students who contribute positively to our community.”

According to an MPD incident report obtained by the Hoya, MPD officers found “a green weed-like substance that tested positive for THC” in Baltazar’s room.

10:00 p.m. update: Bataille confirmed in an email that Kelly Baltazar, a freshman resident of Harbin Hall room 229, was arrested this evening by MPD and is “now in police custody.”

Original post: This evening shortly before 7:30 p.m., a handcuffed female student was seen being escorted out of Harbin Hall by University Public Safety and Metropolitan Police Department officers. Metropolitan Police Department Officer Hugh Carew said that MPD officers arrested a suspect at 7:16 p.m. at Georgetown University for unauthorized use of a controlled substance.

Later in the evening, Carew told the Hoya that Baltazar was arrested for “possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.”

According to Leigh Finnegan (COL ’13) who overheard a conversation between DPS officers on the ground floor of the dormitory, the student’s room was searched before she was detained. [Editor’s note: Finnegan is the Voice‘s Assistant Leisure Editor.]

Vox will update this post as we learn more.

Additional reporting by Molly Redden.

2 Comments on “Harbin freshman arrested for “use of a controlled substance”

  1. Hi everybody,

    Last night, Juliana Brint, Voice Editor-in-Chief, and I made a decision to keep the comments on this post open. However, repeat violations of our comment policy and a general disregard to our calls for constructive comments led us to close this post’s comment section and remove all previous comments.

    To those who posted thoughtful comments, we apologize. Considering our role and mission to provide Georgetown University with confirmed news, we decided that it would be inappropriate to allow unverified rumors about Kelly Baltazar to continue to be published on our website.

    While the Voice does not usually verify the factuality of comments on its website, we felt that the comments on this post reached an unacceptable level of bullying and harassment based on unverified information.

    — Chris

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