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N.C. State student arrested on drug charges

An N.C. State student is facing felony charges after investigators searched his room and found illegal drugs, according to court documents.

Edward Alexander Chan Penaloza, 18, is charged with maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substances, possession with intent to sell drugs and manufacturing marijuana, as well as a few misdemeanor charges.

A search warrant made public Monday says police at N.C. State went to Tucker Hall on Feb. 3 after getting a call from the on-duty residence director. An unnamed informant there told the officers that Penaloza was selling marijuana from his room.

The officers asked if they could speak to Penaloza somewhere private, and he suggested his room, the warrant said. They asked him if they could search the room, and he declined. The officers then told him they were seizing the room and sought a search warrant.

The warrant says the officers seized 134 doses of the prescription drug Vyvanse, which is an amphetamine used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The drug is a controlled substance due to potential for abuse or dependence, according to drug manufacturer Shire.

The investigators also found about 32 grams of what they think is marijuana, about $310 in cash, scales, cigarettes and pipes, the warrant said.

Penaloza is listed as a first-year student in N.C. State's campus directory. His address in court records is 107 Worsham Drive, Chapel Hill.

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