Four Oregon State University students have been arrested on charges that they sold ecstasy — or a drug similar to it — to a police informant.
A task force of detectives from the Corvallis Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Jacob Christopher Monders on June 5, 19-year-old Eric Pham Pham and 18-year-old Ian Mackenzie Cranston on Thursday, and 20-year-old William Dexter Fredericks on Friday.
The first three arrests were a result of separate investigations, according to Lt. Det. Cord Wood of the Corvallis Police Department.
“I don’t know if they know each other or not,” Wood said.
Information from authorities regarding the circumstances of Fredericks’ arrest was unavailable before deadline on Friday.
Monders, Pham and Cranston are accused of selling drugs to an informant on three occasions since last month.
Monders allegedly sold a gram of ecstasy to an informant for $80 on three occasions, according to an officer’s probable-cause affidavit that was filed in court. On June 5, authorities served a search warrant on his residence at the 300 block of Northwest 29th Street. Detectives seized about 38 grams of ecstasy, 400 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, two unmarked pill bottles with more than 200 prescription pills of varying kinds and baggies of marijuana. Authorities additionally confiscated digital scales and $3,400 in cash.
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Monders pleaded not guilty June 6 in Benton County Court to a list of charges related to the possession, manufacture and delivery of ecstasy, marijuana and unnamed prescription medications. He was released the same day after making bail. Monders’ home address is in Salem, and he’s a student in the Civil Engineering Department, according to OSU’s online directory. He did not reply Friday to a voicemail or email requesting comment.
Pham and Cranston both were booked and released Thursday on charges of possession and delivery of methylone, a synthetic drug with effects similar to ecstacy. Cranston faces an additional charge of drug dealing within 1,000 feet of a school. They have not yet been arraigned in court.
. Wood said their Corvallis residences were searched Thursday and they were arrested based on the previous alleged sales. He would not say what, if anything, was seized.
Pham, who just finished his sophomore year at OSU and plans to be a pharmacist, said that a friend of a friend — who ended up being the informant — asked him to help find the drug on each of the three occasions.
“He was my friend, and I was just helping him out, but I don’t sell drugs,” Pham said.
Pham said that each time, he called Fredericks, who allegedly provided the methylone.
“Basically, I was just being middle man in the transaction, doing a favor for someone I thought was a friend,” Pham said. “I only made $20.”
Pham said that authorities confiscated $112 out of his wallet and marijuana from his apartment.
“They busted in my house when I was moving out and put me and my roommates in handcuffs,” he said. “They looked through my whole place and only found like a half an ounce of weed.”
Fredericks was booked and released Friday on charges of possession and delivery of a schedule 1 controlled substance. He answered his phone Friday but declined to comment on his arrest. His home address is listed as Corvallis and he is a student in the Digital Communication Arts Department, according to OSU’s online student directory.
Cranston has not declared a major and lists his home address as Oregon City, according to the student directory. He didn’t respond Friday to a message left for him through his mother.
Reporter Canda Fuqua can be reached at 541-758-9548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.