Police: Ex-Winthrop student-athlete found with pot, arrested in dorm room

03/17/2014 2:09 PM

03/17/2014 4:58 PM

A former Winthrop University student-athlete was arrested Friday afternoon after campus police officers found 17 grams of marijuana in his dorm room.

Freshman Miles Gregory Nakai, 19, of Durango, Colo., was charged with possession of marijuana, first offense, according to a Winthrop campus police report.

The university’s athletic department initially confirmed that Nakai is a track and field athlete, but later said Nakai was dismissed from the team three weeks ago.

Officers were called to Winthrop’s Richardson Hall on Friday around 2:45 p.m. after a student worker “detected a strong odor of marijuana” in Nakai’s room while he was doing room checks prior to students leaving for Spring Break, the report states. When police arrived, the report states that the room smelled like a fragrance to mask the marijuana scent. Nakai’s roommate had already left for break.

Nakai told an officer that he had “marijuana and a smoke bottle in his room,” according to the report. The officer confiscated the bottle and the drugs.

He then told police that the marijuana was “not for his personal consumption” but that he planned to sell it for between $35 and $45, the report states. Nakai was “referred” to the York County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit and taken to Rock Hill’s city jail on Friday.

Nakai’s profile on the university’s athletic website lists his high school as the Shanghai American School and his track and field position was sprints and hurdles.

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