Student arrested on drug charges

To: UCSC Community

From: Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz Chief of Police

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department arrested Austin Knebelman King today for possession for sales of narcotics. King, 19, is a UC Santa Cruz student from Sunnyvale.

After receiving information from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, UC Santa Cruz police began an investigation into King for possession of MDMA tablets and other possible narcotics. This morning, a search warrant was executed at King's dormitory room at Cowell College.

Police seized more than 500 pills of Xanax and MDMA, along with marijuana, hashish, and various pain reliever pills. Packaging materials, scales, and other indicia for the sales of the narcotics were also located. The street value of the narcotics was estimated to be $10,000.

King was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for possession for sales of narcotics, and possession of marijuana and concentrated cannabis.

Our investigation into this case is ongoing. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext. 1. Confidential tips may also be submitted at

Those having trouble with drugs or alcohol are encouraged to utilize the resources provided to students through the Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP) program in the Cowell Student Health Center. For faculty and staff, assistance is available through the Employee Assistance Program.

This bulletin is in compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).