The University of Alabama at Birmingham is checking dormitory rooms with
drug dogs this fall in the wake of a methamphetamine lab found in Blount
Hall in February.
"Occasionally there have been, and there also will be, random inspections
by narcotics dogs for our housing facilities," said Andy Marsch, assistant
vice president for student life. "That will be something we continue on a
He said the dog searches were instituted after the drug lab was found.
"We were very upset about the situation and we felt we needed to send a
strong message," he said.
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Two students and a young man were being held on drug charges Wednesday
after police found methamphetamine lab equipment in a University of Alabama
at Birmingham residence hall.
University police arrested Sarah Suzanne Forrest, 21, of Boynton Beach,
Fla.; Derrick Michael Vann, 22, of Trussville; and James William Phillips,
23, of Hueytown, Tuesday night on charges of possession of controlled
substances and drug paraphernalia. Police turned the case over to the Drug
Enforcement Administration on Wednesday morning. Forrest is a junior with
an undeclared major and Phillips is studying biology at UAB.
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