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Three-month investigation ends in drug charges

May 11, 2003

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Five Shippensburg University students were charged this week with delivering drugs, the Shippensburg Police Department said.

The students' arrests on Monday were the result of a three-month investigation by Shippensburg Police, the Cumberland County (Pa.) Drug Task Force, Pennsylvania State Police and the Franklin County Drug Task Force, borough police said.

Christian Wade Steininger, 22, of 26 E. Burd St., Apt. 1, in Shippensburg, was charged with delivery of cocaine and criminal conspiracy to commit delivery of cocaine, police said.

Andrew John Gallo, 19, of 328 McLean Hall, Shippensburg University, was charged with two counts of delivery of cocaine and one count of criminal conspiracy to commit delivery of cocaine, police said.

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James A. Buffington III, 23, of 325 E. Fort St., Apt. 6, Shippensburg, and Andrew Richard Cameron, 21, of 45 Sunbeam Court, Shippensburg, were charged with delivery of cocaine, police said.

Edward Russell Ward III, 21, of 125 Elmwood Road, Fairless Hills, Pa., was charged with delivery of marijuana, police said.

All five were arraigned before District Justice Harold Bender, police said. Steininger, Buffington and Cameron were jailed on $20,000 bond each, and bail was set at $25,000 for Steininger and $7,500 for Ward. All five posted bail, Bender's office said.

Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. May 19 before Bender.

"The university does have a student code of conduct" that spells out what is expected of students and the range of possible sanctions for violations, said Pete Gigliotti, Shippensburg's executive director of university communications and marketing.

Gigliotti said privacy laws prevent him from commenting on any specific case involving a student, but he said the code of conduct "establishes a judicial process and sanctions for actions on or off campus."

That range of sanctions "goes up to and includes suspension from the university," he said. Depending on the nature of the charges, a student could face interim suspension while a case is pending.

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