UMN student accused of selling ecstasy out of his dorm room

Spencer Nichols was arrested in his Centennial Hall room Tuesday and charged with two felonies Thursday.

Mike Hendrickson

A University of Minnesota student was charged Thursday with selling ecstasy out of his dorm room.

Spencer Nichols, an 18-year-old bioscience student from Rochester, Minnesota, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with two felony charges for allegedly selling MDMA, also known as “molly” out of his Centennial Hall dorm room  

The charges — first-degree sale of a narcotic and  second-degree possession — carry a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison, according to the criminal complaint.

Nichols’ bail was set at $75,000 without conditions and $25,000 with conditions, according to court records. Nichols remained jailed as of 7 p.m. Friday, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s jail roster. 

His next court appearance is March 23.

Nichols was arrested was Tuesday by federal agents and the University of Minnesota Police Department as part of an ongoing drug and dark web investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Nichols let officers search his Centennial Hall room Tuesday, where they found $26,950, a vacuum sealer, vacuum sealer bags and two digital scales, according to the complaint. He told officers he’d purchased more MDMA online and said it would arrive Wednesday. The package contained 53.9 grams of MDMA, court documents show.

Nichols is a member of Alpha Tau Omega, according to the University’s roster of the fraternity. 

Nichols’ attorney didn’t respond to requests for comment.