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UVA Student Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

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Ian Diner Ian Diner

A University of Virginia student admitted Wednesday to illegally possessing amphetamine. Police, drug officers and haz-mat teams were all called to his apartment off 14th Street in Charlottesville back in March after several reports of chemical odors were reported.

20-year old Ian Diner, a second-year at the time, admitted he was guilty as part of a plea deal with the Commonwealth.

Lab reports indicate Diner was extracting amphetamine from Adderall pills, a stimulant, but not cooking meth as first had been thought.

"The Adderall and the amphetamine are ingredients, but those in and of themselves are not sufficient to make meth," said Charlottesville Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Joe Platania. "He did not have the ingredients to produce methamphetamine in the apartment."

In court the judge said he was pleased to hear Charlottesville was not dealing with a meth situation.

As part of the agreement Diner has agreed to cooperate with police, and give them more information about what he was doing with the drugs. Diner, who has withdrawn from UVA, was a Chemistry major.

In court Wednesday his attorney said he was also recognized with national awards for his work in the Chemistry field when in high school. Although he was only a second-year, Diner was helping to teach a Chemistry class at UVA.

The possession charge carries up to ten years in jail. Under the agreement, Diner likely won't be sentenced to more than probation. The judge will make that call in October.

Reported by Jenn McDaniel
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