ASU recruiter booked on suspicion of drug possession; charges pending

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 11:54 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- An academic recruiter for Arizona State University is facing drug charges after a weekend arrest sparked by a tip from security at a Tempe bar and restaurant.

According to the arrest report, police arrested David Muller, an assistant director of admissions and recruitment for ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business, after he and a friend left Rula Bula early Saturday morning.

Officers were alerted to possible drug activity by a security guard at the restaurant.

Police said the security guard asked Muller, 28, and his friend to leave after he "observed them both inside the mens [sic] bathroom in a single closed toilet stall holding a small clear baggie and a 'spoon' like object to their noses."

Officers followed the men along Mill Avenue, but Muller saw them and apparently tried to ditch the drugs he allegedly had on him.

"David then discreetly reached in his right front pants packet and pulled out a small clear plastic baggie with white powder inside …," reads the arrest report. "The baggie fell to the ground."

Officers saw this happen and immediately detained Muller and his friend.

Police say the baggie contained "a usable quantity" of what they believe to be cocaine. Flash tests on the white power in the bag and on residue on Muller's hand came back positive for a narcotic.

The arresting officer said Muller denied that the drugs were ever in his possession and denied having residue of a white powder on his hand.

Muller, who is a graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business, was booked on one count each of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released pending charges.

Although Muller's friend was detained, police did not arrest him.

According to his public LinkedIn profile, Muller has been an ASU recruiter since last February. Prior to that, he worked in financial planning and analysis.

"I approach life and business with a futuristic outlook and a focus on value achievement," he wrote on his profile.

ASU spokeswoman Julie Newberg said Muller has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

"ASU has zero tolerance for the purchasing or use of illegal drugs," she said in an email to 3TV.

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