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The Blue & Gray Press | May 26, 2018

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Drug Trials Continue

Trials continue for the 14 UMW students and one former student accused of drug-related charges in a sting operation that  began in July.

Former UMW student Sebastian Ensign, 20, pled not guilty on Nov. 4 at the arraignment in Fredericksburg Circuit Court for possession of controlled substances.

William Bleimeister, 19, was arraigned yesterday in Fredericksburg Circuit Court on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Andrew Freakley, 20, was arraigned on Oct. 21 and his preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 16 on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and felony possession of marijuana in general district court.

Stuart Smith, 19, was also arraigned in general district court on Oct. 21 and has his preliminary hearing set on Dec. 16. However, his charges have been changed to felony possession of Adderral, felony possession of ecstacy and possession of marijuana.

Charles Cowan, 20, had a hearing on Oct. 28 in general district court that was waived. His preliminary hearing will be on Dec. 16 for charges of possession of marijuana and a controlled substance.

William Crowder, 20, was arraigned on Oct. 21 and had an attorney review Nov. 9 in court. His preliminary hearing will take place on Dec. 16 in general district court for charges of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Abraham Dayton, 19, was arraigned on Oct. 28 and has a preliminary hearing on Jan. 13 in general district court for his charge of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Derek Rhule, 19, who appeared in court Oct. 25 will appear again on Nov. 17 for arraignment in Fredericksburg Circuit Court.


  1. brad

    I can’t believe she would follow up on a previous article with these heinous court updates that can’t be found anywhere else in the public record. How immoral! This is preposterous! Someone should call the Washington Post to take away her professionalism!

  2. Really?

    “Call the Washington Post to take away her professionalism!”

    Brad, the Post is not some bureau that bestows professionalism on college journalists.

    These followup articles are probably because people complained that the accused would FOREVER be tarnished by Bullet articles, and they hadn’t even been convicted yet! Well now, as their trials and hearings happen, these articles will make it clear who is guilty and who is innocent. And then the guilty people will be tarnished forever.