Detectives Find Ohio University Master Keys, 20 Lbs. Of Marijuana At Man's Home


UPDATED: Thursday October 11, 2012 5:45 PM

Detectives arrested a man after discovering 20 pounds of marijuana and items belonging to Ohio University inside his home.

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly said that Phil Bell, an Ohio University employee, faced multiple charges after the search warrant was executed at his home Wednesday.

Deputies found marijuana plants on Bell's front porch, as well as chemicals and a large number of master keys belonging to Ohio University.

Investigators said that the marijuana was being cultivated near an infant and that Children Services representatives were notified.

"We see these kinds of busts frequently," Kelly said.

Chris McCauley, a former OU employee, said that he knew Bell from working with him in the university's custodial maintenance department. He said that the department does its best to protect those keys.

"Those keys will allow you into some of the dorms," McCauley said. "It's serious. Very serious."

Ohio University junior Nicholas Cirivello said that the incident did not sit well with him.

"It's a little bit disturbing knowing somebody has that capability," Cirivello said.

Bell was jailed on $25,000 bond and faces trafficking and cultivation charges. He could face further charges from Ohio University police when the investigation is complete.

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