4 Miami University students arrested after drug investigation

Clockwise from top left: William P. Berg; Brett S. Balick; Eric W. Dewinter; and Roman Sembay.

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Clockwise from top left: William P. Berg; Brett S. Balick; Eric W. Dewinter; and Roman Sembay.

Four Miami University students are facing felony charges after a six-month investigation by the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics (BURN) Task Force, according to the Oxford Police Department.

Last week, the Oxford Police Department assisted the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the BURN Task Force in serving multiple arrest and search warrants related to trafficking in prescription drugs and cocaine.

Arrested in sweep were:

Brett S. Balick, 21, of Matthews, N.C.

  • Trafficking in Drugs (felony)

Eric W. Dewinter, 21, of Rye, N.Y.

  • Trafficking in Drugs (felony)

William P. Berg, 22, of Columbus

  • Trafficking in Drugs (felony)

Roman Sembay, 19, of Strongsville

  • Possession of Drugs (felony)
  • Possession of Drugs (misdemeanor)

All of the arrested individuals are currently still enrolled said Miami University officials.

Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues, police said.

Miami officials said they assisted with search warrants, and separate from the criminal charges the students may also face disciplinary action from the school.

Claire Wagner, spokeswoman for Miami University, said “if a student breaks a law that also violates Miami University standards of conduct, that student may be held accountable by both civil authorities and the university. Possession or sale of illegal drugs are prohibited by Miami University’s Code of Student Conduct.”

“As stated in the Code of Student Conduct, the university may pursue disciplinary action against a student in the absence of criminal charges or at the same time as criminal charges are pending, even if the criminal charges involving the same incident are not complete, have been reduced or are dismissed. Sanctions under the code include suspension and dismissal,” said Wagner.

Miami University police assisted Oxford and Butler County agencies with the investigation and search warrants.

No details are yet available on the university’s disciplinary procedures, according to Wagner.

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