A University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student faces several charges Wednesday for reportedly selling prescription drugs on campus.
Alexander Alderman, 19, of Franklin, is charged with drug possession for resale, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia inside his campus dorm room.
Chattanooga narcotics detectives and UTC police performed a search warrant Tuesday night at Stophel Apartment 3104-D about 9:50 p.m. on University Street.After detectives said Alderman answered his door, they found about 550 hydrocodone and Xanax pills along with $2,041 in cash. Detectives also found a small amount of marijuana and a bong, and they took Alderman's car as evidence, according to a report.
"I know this is college. People need extra money. I can't blame him, but there are other ways to do it that are smarter, I guess," said Matthew Gillette, a UTC Freshman.
Students said they are used to hearing about drug deals in Chattanooga, just not inside a dorm room.
"It's shocking that that has to happen for people to get by, to me," said Katie Feldman, a UTC Freshman. "I've heard of more kids using pills to get through classes or like studying, but usually around exam time, not in the middle of semesters. So, it's kind of weird."
University Spokesman Chuck Cantrell said Alderman is facing serious punishment, including suspension.
"We haven't been notified or haven't seen warning signs that it's a big problem or anything," said Cantrell.
Some students agreed that anyone found guilty should be held accountable. But others said it isn't such a big deal.
"I think they could be forgiving since he's in college and everything," said Troy Moss, a UTC Freshman. "I think he should have some slack on it, but that's my opinion at least."
The 19-year-old is out of jail on bond and will return to Hamilton County Court March 4 for an arraignment.By Briona Arradondo