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Arrest Part of Drug Sting on FSU Campus

By: Garin Flowers; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Garin Flowers; Julie Montanaro Email
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By Julie Montanaro
February 21, 2014

Officers pull their guns and surround an SUV on Florida State's campus in the middle of the afternoon.

One man is now under arrest. He's accused of selling a popular club drug right in the shadow of the stadium.

It happened Thursday in what students call the circus lot.

According to FSU Police, an undercover FSU police officer posing as a drug-seeking college student bought an 80-dollar chunk of Molly wrapped in clear plastic.

That's when other officers swooped in and arrested 19 year Graydon Ball. Then they surrounded his car with guns drawn to be sure there was no one else inside.

"They used the proper police procedure to make sure that they were protected and that nothing bad happens. Once it was immediately found to be secure, everything went back in the holsters," FSU Police Spokesman Jim Russell said.

All this happened at about 2:30 Thursday as students were walking to and from classes. Many stopped to snap pictures on their cell phones.

"We're standing where it happened and it's hard to believe that we're on a college campus and something like that's happening," FSU student Danny Samson said.

"If it was happening off campus, I would understand it a little more, but the fact that he's selling it to students. I'm glad they took him down here," FSU student Liam Gibb said.

FSU police say they make about 150 drug arrests on campus every year, but stings like this one are rare, less than a dozen a year.

"I think it's strange that the police chose this location, but at the same time I understand, that's where he probably feels comfortable," FSU student Samuel McBride said.

Ball is facing felony charges for selling the drug known as "Molly" as well as for having LSD in the car.

Russell says it's the second time undercover officers have bought drugs from Ball on campus.

Molly, he says, is becoming more and more popular among the club crowd.

FSU police reports say Ball sold about an ounce of Molly both times.

He's being held on $75,000 bond and his Mercury Mariner is behind a chain link fence in the police impound lot.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News Web Staff
February 21, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Police have released the identity of a man arrested, accused of selling drugs on the Florida State University campus.

19-year-old Graydon Ball is facing three felonies and one misdemeanor charge after police say he was trying to sell a popular drug called "molly."

The incident happened near Doak Campbell stadium on the corner of Pensacola Street and Chieftain Way just after 3 p.m. yesterday.

Authorities tell us Ball is not an FSU student.


Updated By: Garin Flowers

February 20, 2014, 5:30pm

Major Jim Russell called back and provided more information:

Maj. Russell says they conducted an arrest associated with information concerning a delivery of drugs to the FSU campus.

He says officers made an arrest for the sale of methamphetamine and LSD.

The person arrested is not affiliated with the university. No weapons were seized or involved in the incident.

The investigation is on-going.


By: Garin Flowers

February 20, 2014, 4:30pm

One person has been arrested on Florida State University's campus as part of an on-going investigation.

It all happened near Doak Campbell Stadium on the corner of Pensacola and Chieftan Way.

FSU Police say they arrested the person and seized their vehicle - a white SUV - to search for contraband.

As of right now, FSUPD could not say the person's affiliation to the campus.

We will continue to update you as information becomes available.


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