ITHACA, N.Y. — A man was indicted on multiple drug charges Thursday afternoon after he reportedly was found with nearly 20 grams of cocaine in his suite at a Cornell residence hall.

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Lehman Schwab, 19, was taken into custody Dec. 4, 2015 after Cornell police executed a search warrant in his suite in the Hans Bethe House, a west campus residence hall, officials said in a news release. 

Schwab — who was a student at the time of his arrest —  was indicted on two charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having cocaine with intent to sell, and reportedly having “compounds, mixtures or substances” with at least half an ounce of cocaine in them.

It is currently unclear whether Schwab is still a student or permitted on campus. A university spokesperson said she is unable to confirm his status as a student by press time, but said more information may be released Friday.

Records show that around 7:30 p.m., police went into Schwab’s room, 251-C,  as part of a joint drug investigation between Cornell police, Ithaca police and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.

In the room, records show, police found nearly 20 grams of cocaine along with small ziplock bags and a digital scale officers believe was being used in the process of selling the drug.

Schwab is scheduled to be arraigned at the Tompkins County Courthouse April 6. He’s being represented by Norma Schwab and the case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski.

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Jolene Almendarez

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