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Rocklin Police stop alleged pot sale at Sierra College

By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Rocklin police officers assigned to on-campus duty took the first law enforcement action since the department took over policing duty for the college. Officer Chuck Chellew, allegedly caught a 20-year-old man smoking a marijuana pipe on campus at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 12. According to the police report, Dustin Loyd of Lincoln was detained and subsequently cited and released for possession of marijuana. The officer took the pipe as evidence as it reportedly contained traces of the illegal drug. That same day officers observed a man, they said, selling marijuana out of a suitcase in the trunk of his car. According to Captain Dan Ruden, 20-year-old Nathan Burton, a Sierra College student, was arrested for possession for sale of marijuana and transportation. Burton allegedly had 200 grams of marijuana at the time officers arrested him, according to Ruden. “Sierra College is an institution of learning, it is not a place where people should be subjected to folks who are getting intoxicated by means of alcohol or other kinds of drugs,” Ruden said. “That’s what we are trying to do out there. Make sure people who go to (Sierra College) get what they pay for and that’s an education.” Rocklin police moved two officers and assigned a sergeant to oversee law enforcement duty on the college of nearly 18,000 students after administration officials disbanded the college police force two weeks ago. RPD is now being paid by the college for law enforcement, but parking enforcement and security guard duty will be done by other campus staff. Ruden said the training and experience the officers bring to the campus every day should be reassuring to students and parents. “Our officers are doing a good job,” Ruden said. “They have an eye for detecting criminal activity, drugs, people who are under the influence.” Ruden said campus officers will be stepping up enforcement as they settle into the new assignment. “We may see more traffic enforcement, more citations for marijuana and drugs,” Ruden said. “There is very little crime there, but we expect to see a higher rate of crimes being solved.” The city of Rocklin and the Sierra College Board of Trustees are now working out a longer-term contract that could go beyond the initial 120-day contract enforced two weeks ago.