An undergraduate student was arrested by the University’s Department of Public Safety and charged with possession of psilocybin and marijuana on August 26.
Nicholas Horvath ’17 was arrested by DPS after an officer allegedly observed him in the Princeton Stadium just after midnight, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and arrested after a brief foot pursuit.
He was also charged with three disorderly persons offenses, including allegedly being in possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, allegedly being under the influence of marijuana and allegedly being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound found in psychedelic mushrooms and its possession is an indictable offense in the state of New Jersey.
Horvath declined to comment. He is scheduled for arraignment in Princeton Municipal Court on September 22.
Due to the nature of the charges, the matter was transferred to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. The precise weight of each item has yet to be determined by the New Jersey State Police’s lab, authorities said.
DPS rarely arrests students for possession of drugs or for any other offense, instead referring them through the internal University discipline system. However, at least two students have been charged over the past year. Last September, a student was charged with possession of ecstasy. Last spring, a student was charged with possession of prescription pills and marijuana.
According to the University's most recent annual crime report, which covers the period between October 2012 and October 2013, seven individuals were arrested for allegedly being in possession of drugs. Director of DPS Paul Ominsky explained after the report was released that the seven arrests belonged to a single incident.
Meanwhile, 45 students were referred to the internal University disciplinary system. Details of those cases are not considered public records and as such it is hard to determine what can trigger an arrest.
“Those decisions are made on a case-by-case basis based on a number of factors, including the type or quantity of the drug,” University spokesperson Martin Mbugua said last year about this distinction.