Belmont student arrested for allegedly selling pot brownies

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 3:26pm
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Marley Lentz

A search of a Belmont University student's dorm room yielded felony charges against 18-year-old Marley W. Lentz on Tuesday.

The Belmont University Office of Campus Security reported to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department that security officers allegedly found a 2.9-pound bag of marijuana brownies, eight Focalin pills, five Strattera pills and $1,640 in a safe in Lentz’s room. Focalin and Strattera are prescription drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Lentz told officers that he sold the marijuana brownies to other students for between $10 and $20, according to an MNPD arrest affidavit.

He was charged with two felonies for possessing drugs with the intent to sell, deliver or manufacture in a school zone and two misdemeanors for possession without prescription and drug paraphernalia possession.

Lentz made $20,000 bond and was released from a Davidson County jail on Tuesday evening. He is due in Davidson County Criminal Court to face the charges on Feb. 22.

A Belmont University spokesman said they couldn’t comment on Lentz’s status at the school based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Belmont provost and dean of students Dr. Andrew Johnston did say, however, the school is committed to the safety of its students.

“Belmont continues its deep commitment to student safety and success as well as its assertiveness in addressing violations of the University’s substance-free campus policies,” Johnston said in a statement to The City Paper on Tuesday. “We are diligent in communicating our expectations and quick in addressing any drug-related incidents that occur.”

11 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 2/16/12 at 2:44

LOL... I thought Belmont was a Christian school. Too funny.

By: jaseguy30 on 2/16/12 at 4:42

Your "LOL" statement is filled with a vast ignorance of competing theological, political, sociological and ethical ideologies, NewYorker1.

By: RTungsten on 2/16/12 at 5:03

$20 for stale brownies? No thank you. And last I checked, the BU dorms do not have ovens. Are these like microwave brownies or something?

By: NilsOrion on 2/17/12 at 6:22

Poor boy! His misfortune is to have been born 40 years too late! Back then, he'd have been the 'go to' entrepreneur and probably had a fabulous business career.

By: Jughead on 2/17/12 at 8:12

At least he has cool hair.

By: furtherblue on 2/17/12 at 10:01

Intent to distribute drugs "in a school zone?" The intent of the law was never meant to enact stricter penalties for college students. I hope the young man gets a goood lawyer.

By: glancaster on 2/17/12 at 10:02

Poor guy. We should remember that 2.9 kbs if brownies is not 2.9 lbs of pot. Maybe he is cursed by his name.

By: spooky24 on 2/17/12 at 4:55

The felony charges are going to be tough to beat. He has a problem that needs to be addressed.
I wonder if Belmont will investigate and see who on TennCare sold him this medication. Believe me no one else will. Even if he rats up they will bury it because it's hard for the state to admit that 90% of the street pharmaceuticals are sold from TN Care recipients who get them free.
The latest craze is too blame it on 'doctor shopping' what a laugh.


By: FReligion on 2/17/12 at 6:57

Newyorkie..shut your mouth. What does pot have to do with religion? Nothing. You're ignorant. Enough said.

3 pounds of Briwnies is roughly 2 brownies. Maybe a gram of pot total..I could see why he would be charged with intent to Distribute with 2 brownies. Also, If anyone had a clue about Belmont, they wouldn't bring up the fact that the school likes to call itself a Christian university. Belmont is not religiously biased, although they did fire the womens soccer coach last year for her alleged partnership with another woman, and I believe it is safe to say that a significant percentage of students at Belmont are not even the slightest but christian or even religious for that matter.
And lastly, weed(a plant) is not a drug. If it is the why the hell could I not find any at Walgreens the other day?

By: rickmuz on 2/19/12 at 7:30

"YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT"... the three things to remember: No waiver, No Poly, No Statement. They didn't have you on anything but possession and YOU gave yourself the sale charge.

By: bruinmom on 2/21/12 at 8:34

This kid is definitely not on a great path and is pretty dang stupid. First, Belmont and most colleges, Christian or not, have a policy against drugs in dorms. Second, the students buying from this kid are equally stupid in that Strattera only works on a long term basis and unless you buy a monthly supply from the guy, you will see little to no benefit. Third, if you google this kids name, he has had some issues involving the Nashville police in the past ,which in hindsight seem to have more to the story than what was reported at the time.
My son goes to Belmont. Hopefully he would be a little smarter than to do something as dumb as this guy. Especially since, if he isn't, I don't have $20,000 to bail his butt out of jail. But teenagers can be dumb at times.