Almanac

News - March 12, 2014

Menlo College student faces drug charges

by Renee Batti

A preliminary hearing is set for this week for a Menlo College student arrested Feb. 28 by Atherton police and charged with possessing marijuana and other drugs for sale.

Daron Wing Mark, 18, pleaded not guilty on March 3 to three felony charges stemming from the alleged discovery of marijuana, cocaine and 58 pills of the methamphetamine "ecstasy" in his dorm room on the Atherton campus.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Hall set bail for $50,000, and Mr. Mark remained in custody as of March 5, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. His preliminary hearing is set for March 14.

Mr. Mark, a resident of Granite Bay in Placer County, was arrested after his student adviser allegedly found the drugs, along with scales, in the dorm room. The adviser searched the room after hearing rumors that Mr. Mark was selling drugs on campus, and seeing a photo of the student holding two large bags of marijuana, according to Mr. Wagstaffe's report.

A police search also reportedly produced cocaine, packaging material, invoice forms and $678 in cash, the DA's report said.

Mr. Wagstaffe said the suspect "acknowledged responsibility" for the items found, but not that his intent was to sell the drugs. "But 58 pills of ecstasy? That's a lot of play weekends, isn't it?" he added.

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