8 William and Mary students, professor, staff member arrested on drug distribution charges

Jimmy LaRoue
Contact Reporterjlarouejr@vagazette.com

Eight College of William and Mary students, a visiting professor and a staff member were arrested Tuesday on drug distribution charges in what Williamsburg Police says is the first phase of what has already been a months-long joint investigation with the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force.

City police, along with the task force, seized various drugs, including LSD, cocaine, psilocybin (mushrooms), opioids, amphetamines, steroids, hashish and marijuana, along with about $14,000 in cash, according to a Williamsburg Police news release.

Gi Sang Yoon, 40, who is listed on the William and Mary website as being a visiting professor of immunology in the college’s Integrated Science Center, has been charged with two counts of felony marijuana distribution and possession of marijuana.

Yoon is scheduled to appear in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court at 8:30 a.m. April 24, according to online court records, which also state that he allegedly committed one count of the marijuana distribution March 28 and the other April 13, and was in possession of marijuana on the day he was arrested.

Timothy Tyrone Pryor, 27, is the staff member arrested and charged with felony marijuana distribution. Online court records indicate that he committed his offense on Feb. 6.

The students arrested include:

  • Keegan Paugh, 22 — charged with distribution of marijuana, selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, four counts of possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule III drug.
  • Daniel Jacob McBride, 20 — charged with two counts of distribution of a Schedule II drug, two counts of selling within 1,000 feet of a school.
  • Biloliddin Tulamirza, 18 — charged with felony marijuana distribution, selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
  • Shannon Cannaday, 20 — charged with felony marijuana distribution, selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
  • Nicolas George Manuel, 22 — charged with distribution of a Schedule I drug, selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
  • Jacob Selmonosky, 18 — charged with two counts of distribution of a Schedule II drug, two counts of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
  • Devin Jeffrey Moore, 20 — charged with five counts of distribution of a Schedule I drug, two counts of distribution of a Schedule II drug, five counts of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
  • Alexander Patrick Foley, 20 — charged with one count of distribution of a Schedule II drug, one count of selling within 1,000 feet of a school.

All 10 were taken to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, where they were booked and processed, Riley said. Online court records indicate that Yoon, Cannaday, Manuel, Selmonosky and Foley are out on bail, while Tulamirza has been released on his own recognizance. Paugh, McBride, Pryor and Moore are still in custody, online court records state.

Six of the 10 arrested — Yoon, Cannaday, Manuel, Selmonosky, Foley and Tulamirza — have hearings scheduled in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court at 8:30 a.m. April 24. The other four arrested — Pryor, Paugh, Moore and McBride — have hearings at 10:30 a.m. May 31 in the same court. Cases for Paugh, Moore and McBride had been scheduled for Wednesday in general district court, but those cases were continued.

The alleged offenses of the 10 people arrested took place between Dec. 7 and April 17, according to online court records.

The criminal investigation began when police received information about unreported sexual assaults due to an increase in drug activity occurring on and nearby the William and Mary campus, Riley said.

Riley said the information aided in the criminal investigation. The information helped the criminal investigation, which targeted the drug activity that is still ongoing, Riley said. The investigation is still active and more arrests and charges are possible, Riley said.

“I would like to express my appreciation for the cooperation and communication of all of our community partners who assisted in providing information, insight, and assistance into this criminal investigation,” said Williamsburg Police Chief Sean Dunn in a statement.

Riley said anyone with information relevant to the current investigation should contact city police at 220-2331.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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