Wesleyan Students Accused of Dealing Drugs

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    Middletown Police
    Shane Jenkins, left, and Matthew Polacek, right, have been arrested on drug charges.

    Two Wesleyan University students have been arrested, accused of dealing drugs from a dorm room, and it appears both students have connections to the school’s football team.

    Middletown police responded to 57 Foss Hill Drive, student housing at 5:52 p.m. on Saturday to investigate a report of narcotics in a student’s room, police said.

    A residential advisor had filed a complaint with public safety officials about the strong smell of marijuana coming from a room and suspected drug dealing, according to police.

    Two occupants, Shane Jenkins, of South Hamilton, Mass., and Matthew Polacek, 20, of Providence, R.I., denied having drugs or drug-related materials in the room, but when public safety said they would call police, the students handed over various items, including marijuana, a bong with marijuana residue, rolling papers and other drug-related material, police said.

    Public safety then contacted Middletown police to report the incident.

    The residential advisor told police that the whole situation had been going on awhile and stemmed from Jenkins and Polacek stealing shampoo from another student, police said.

    After that, some students began noticing constant activity in and out of the dorm room. One student told authorities it was common knowledge that Jenkins and Polacek were dealing drugs out of the room, according to an arraignment report.

    When Middletown police searched the room, they found another bag of a leafy green substance in a drawer and another bong, police said.

    Jenkins and Polacek were arrested, brought to Middletown Police headquarters and book.

    The Wesleyan football roster includes a listing for a Shane Jenkins from Hamilton, Mass. He is a sophomore on the offensive line.

    There is also a photo of a Matt Polocek, of Providence, class of 2016 on the football page. He is not listed on the roster. 

    NBC Connecticut left a message with the athletic director. It was not immediately returned.

    They were released on $5,000 non-surety bonds and are due back in court on Feb. 14.

    Jenkins and Polocek were charged with possession with intent to sell and possession of less than 4 ounces of a controlled substance.

    Jenkins was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia and Polacek was charged with use of drug paraphernalia.