Huge drug bust made in LAC parking lot

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LBCC student Corrie Vibbert was arrested on several charges, including drug possession, Monday, March 16 after a parking violation led to the more severe charges, police said.

Vibbert, who has attended LBCC since 2006, parked his black BMW between two handicapped spots in a loading zone, which caused special service officer Kent Smith to check the car for the appropriate parking passes.

Lt. Julie Prior of the LBPD said Smith walked up to the vehicle and saw a drug-related pipe on the center console. Vibbert quickly attempted to hide it, according to reports.

Smith immediately asked to search the vehicle and the suspect consented. Smith recovered a bag of marijuana, hash, mushrooms, a bong and a pipe.

The drugs were valued at more than $7,160. Vibbert was taken into custody shortly after.

“He was arrested on possession and intent to sell and transport,” Prior said.

“He violated three sections of the health and safety code. Since I’ve been here, I’ve never come across a student having drugs of this quantity,” said Prior, who started at LBCC in 2005.

Vibbert has been charged with unauthorized possession, transportation, sale and furnishing of controlled substances.

If convicted, Vibbert could face imprisonment by the state and will pay a fine for misdemeanor crimes.

Joe McConchie, LBCC graphic design student, witnessed the event.

“It was just one guy in his car,” McConchie said.

“The guy had a (legal) marijuana card. I saw it when he pulled out his identification. It seemed like someone might have snitched on the guy.”

After Vibbert was processed and charged at the station, he was released on $30,000 bail.

According to the school’s Web site, LBCC takes drug possession on campus seriously.

The Board of Trustees prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students or employees on LBCC property.

The consequences of Vibbert’s actions are unknown, however students violating the terms are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and or termination.

It will be decided by the board after a recommendation by President Eloy Oakley.

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