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January 13, 2014

Police: Student made pot candy

WEST CHESTER — A Richland man is accused of being the mastermind behind an attempt to distribute more than 40 pounds of marijuana-laced candy just before Halloween at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he was a student at the time.

Robert Callis-Keiser, of the 300 block of Oakridge Drive, was charged by West Chester University following an investigation into the Oct. 20 search of Callis-Keiser’s West Chester apartment.

Callis-Keiser was arraigned Thursday in Downingtown on charges of drug possession and manufacturing with intent to deliver, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a instrument of crime and use of a communications facility in the commission of a crime.

He was released on unsecured bond because he has been cooperative and is accepting the accountability for having the drugs, his attorney, Cory J. Miller of Lancaster, said.

Callis-Keiser has returned to the Johnstown area and enrolled in college here, Miller said.

Campus police approached Callis-Keiser and two other men after noticing the three sitting in Callis-Keiser’s Plymouth Neon while it was parked in a campus lot about 2 a.m. Oct. 20, the criminal complaint says.  

Questioning the three, police smelled marijuana and the three admitted they were smoking the drug, the court papers say. Police then got permission to search the men’s apartment, where they found the THC candy in Callis-Keiser’s room.

He told police he “made all the candy back home” and brought it to the university, the court papers say.

Candy was made in a variety of sizes and colors and was packaged for distribution, police said.

Callis-Keiser admitted his cellphone contained a text message trying to sell the drug to a fraternity.

Charges were not immediately filed because the candy had to be analyzed through a laboratory, police said.

Randy Griffith is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/photogriffer57.

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