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Columbia Drug Ring: NYC Officials Bust Ivy League Coke, LSD, Pot Ring

By Guttz, Dec 7, 2010 | | |
  1. Guttz
    NEW YORK — New York City authorities say five Columbia University students are charged with selling drugs on campus and at fraternity houses.

    Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday that the students and three off-campus suppliers have been arrested and indicted.

    They say most of the sales took place at three fraternity houses.

    The five-month investigation began in July. Authorities say undercover officers bought cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy, Adderall and LSD. In some cases, the LSD was in breath mints and candy.

    Authorities say one of the off-campus suppliers plotted to kidnap a pair of rival cocaine traffickers.



  1. Guttz
    Five Columbia U Students Arrested in NY Drug Sweep

    NEW YORK - Five Columbia University students were arrested on Tuesday on charges of running a drug ring in fraternity houses at the prestigious school, police said.

    The students, accused of selling cocaine, marijuana, LSD and prescription drugs, were busted after undercover narcotics officers bought nearly $11,000 worth of drugs from them in a five-month operation, the New York Police Department said.

    The investigation was dubbed "Operation Ivy League," police said.

    Arrested along with the students were three people accused of supplying the drugs, including Miron Sarzynski, 24, who also faces charges he attempted to kidnap two rival cocaine dealers he believed owed him money, police said.

    Sarzynski tried to hire an undercover officer to help him grab the two dealers, hold them for ransom and torture them by force-feeding them LSD, police said. He also threatened to kill them if the ransom was not paid, police said.

    "The fact that a supplier to the Columbia students was willing to kill his rivals should demolish any argument that drugs on campus is a victimless crime," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement.

    "This is no way to work your way through college," he said.

    The students allegedly operated the drug ring at three fraternity houses and at dormitories at Columbia's campus in Manhattan, authorities said.

    During raids early on Tuesday, police said they seized stashes of LSD, tablets of MDMA or so-called ecstasy, Adderall, a drug often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, marijuana and some $2,000 in cash.

    Police said Sarzynski allegedly manufactured narcotics at his apartment in downtown Manhattan with the help of his girlfriend, Megan Asper, 22, who they said specialized in growing marijuana.

    (Reporting by Bernd Debusmann Jr.; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Norton)
  2. mersann
    Yeah, right. Both the campus and the drugs are totally relevant here, because everyone selling drugs will eventually try kill someone - everywhere, but especially on campuses.

    What about greed as a motive? Exists in people who have never walked on a Campus and people who have never done drugs.
  3. Guttz
    New York (CNN) -- Police broke up a suspected drug ring after a months-long investigation, called Operation Ivy League, that resulted in the arrest of five Columbia University students and three off-campus suppliers, officials said Wednesday.

    [imgl=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18309&stc=1&d=1291854862[/imgl]The students, who were arrested Tuesday, were identified as Harrison David, Chris Coles, Adam Klein, Jose Stephan Perez and Michael Wymbs, according to the Special Narcotics Prosecutor's Office in New York.

    They were charged with the criminal sale of a controlled substance after undercover officers made some $11,000 in illegal drug purchases during the five-month undercover investigation, the prosecutor's office said in a written statement.

    David, who was salutatorian of his high school class, was the initial target of a police investigation that began in July after authorities received anonymous tips regarding voluminous drug sales on university grounds, prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said Wednesday.

    It was David's alleged dealings that helped officers locate additional sellers and suppliers, she said.

    "They weren't just selling small amounts," Brennan added. "When the undercover officer asked for large amounts of cocaine and marijuana, they seemed fully capable of delivering."

    Authorities say the students sold a cocktail of illegal substances, including Adderall, marijuana, Ecstasy, cocaine and LSD-laced Altoid mints.

    "This drug bust is just the tip of the iceberg," said graduate student Kirk Klocke. "In a community where there are so many students who have a disposable income, it is a given that there will be drug activity."

    Three off-campus drug suppliers also were arrested on related charges Sunday.

    They were identified as Roberto Lagares, Miron Sarzynski and his girlfriend, Megan Asper, authorities said.

    Police charged Sarzynski, 23, with attempting to kidnap after he allegedly hired an undercover officer to abduct a rival drug dealer in an effort to collect money he was owed, according to the statement.

    Sarzynski told the undercover officer to torture the rival dealer by forcibly administering heavy doses of LSD, and to kill the person if he could not obtain the money, it said.

    "The fact that a supplier to the Columbia students was willing to kill his rivals should demolish any argument that drugs on campus is a victimless crime," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in the statement. "This is no way to work your way through college."

    Authorities say the majority of the sales took place in common areas and bedrooms of three university fraternities, identified as Alpha Epsilon Pi, Pi Kappa Alpha and Psi Upsilon.

    "The students arrested supplied dangerous substances to their friends and other students to turn a quick profit, but subjected themselves to risks, of which they were either ignorant or in denial," Brennan told CNN affiliate WABC.

    Columbia University's dean of student affairs, Kevin Shollenberger, said the Ivy League school is "taking this matter very seriously."

    "The alleged behavior of the students involved in this incident goes against not only state and federal law, but also university policy and the principles we have set -- and strive together to maintain -- for our community," Shollenberger said in a written statement.

    The suspects all pleaded not guilty during a court arraignment Tuesday. They are to appear in court on January 18.

    "We are contesting the charges," said defense attorney Herschel Katz, who is representing Klein. He declined additional comment, citing the ongoing nature of court proceedings.

    The remaining suspects and their legal representatives were not immediately available for comment.

    From Jordana Ossad, CNN
    December 8, 2010 -- Updated 2303 GMT
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/12/08/new.york.drug.ring/index.html (Video with article)
  4. torachi
    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=1484&pictureid=11650[/imgl]Cops are exaggerating Columbia narcotics sting, accused student Christopher Coles says

    A Columbia University student accused of being part of a campus drug cartel insisted Wednesday night that cops are exaggerating their Ivy League sting "to the umpteenth."

    Christopher Coles, 20, claimed narcotics detectives forced one of his accused cohorts to appear in court in a Columbia sweatshirt.

    "This whole thing has been exaggerated. It's been blown up to the umpteenth," the anthropology and political science double major told reporters at the Manhattan Detention Center.

    Coles was busted Tuesday with four other Columbia undergrads when cops raided dorms and frat houses, seizing drugs and cash and capping a five-month undercover sting dubbed "Operation Ivy League."

    While court documents claim Coles and other suspects confessed to peddling dope to pay their tuition, Coles refused to discuss the charges, only saying, "We all pleaded not guilty."

    He predicted he will complete his Columbia education.

    "Going to Columbia was my dream, and I plan to finish," said Coles, adding that he wants to go to law school, possibly at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley.

    He suggested that cops targeted Columbia because they wanted to garner headlines.

    He said that when one of his codefendants, Jose Stephan Perez, asked for a jacket when he was rousted him from his room, cops slapped a Columbia sweatshirt on him.

    "They were laughing at him," Coles said of Perez, 20, who is attending Columbia as one of billionaire Bill Gates' Millennium Scholars.

    Coles spoke to reporters just hours after police released photos of the bounty of marijuana, LSD, Ecstasy pills, hallucinogenic mushrooms and paraphernalia seized.

    The haul included Altoids laced liquid LSD found inside suspect Adam Klein's room at the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

    Junior Harrison David's space inside the Alpha Epsilon Pi house held a mason jar filled with marijuana, a pile of cash and a box filled with 100 plastic Baggies, photos show.

    And Michael Wymbs' dorm room allegedly featured SweeTarts dosed with acid, Ecstasy pills, hallucinogenic mushrooms and a scale.

    The photos taken in Tuesday's searches of the rooms were released yesterday - as were Wymbs and Klein after both made bail yesterday.

    The baby-faced Klein, 20, sported his mother's jacket and sunglasses as he ducked out of the Manhattan Detention Center.

    Police said the college crew peddled nearly $11,000 in cocaine, LSD, marijuana and Ecstasy to undercovers.


    Thursday, December 9th 2010, 4:00 AM

  5. powerrobbie
    11 grand worth of drugs aint shit over a 5 month period. Poor kids, the media is exaggerating the shit out of this. If this kids were booked at some community collage it wouldn't even make the news.
  6. talltom
    Columbia Drug Bust Suspects Say They Sold Drugs To Pay For School

    The five Columbia students arrested in yesterday's campus drug bust pleaded not guilty to charges in court.

    Harrison David, Chris Coles, Jose Perez (alias Stephan Vincenzo) and Adam Klein, all 20, along with Michael Wymbs, 22, have been charged with selling LSD, pot, cocaine, Adderall and MDMA, according to police.

    Their arrests were the culmination of a five-month undercover sting, during which police purchased $11,000 worth of drugs from the students out of Columbia fraternity houses and dorms.

    Amid the ongoing investigation, more details about the charged students have emerged. According to the Columbia Daily Spectator, Chris Coles told police that he sold drugs to "pay tuition." Harrison David had earlier told a detective that he participated in the illegal trade because his father would not pay for school.

    Jose Perez is a prestigious Gates Millenium Scholar and, according to Bloomberg, has "limited financial ability." Bloomberg also reports that Michael Wymbs had a previously clean record and a 3.5 GPA. He worked one summer as a cancer research biostatician and is in the midst of applying to graduate school.

    Different bail amounts were set for each student, the highest being for Harrison David at $75,000. According to the Spectator, only Michael Wymbs was prepared to post his bail, set at $25,000; the other students were scheduled to be taken to Rikers Island last night.

    NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told the Wall Street Journal that this bust was "the biggest [at a college] in recent memory." The sting, titled "Operation Ivy League," began after a tip from a confidential source.

    Columbia Dean of Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger sent an e-mail to students last night assuring them that the school was taking the matter "very seriously."

    The suspects face possible expulsion from the school.

    The Huffington Post

    DECEMBER 12, 2010
  7. talltom
    Columbia Student to Be Sentenced to 6 Months Over Drug Ring

    A Columbia University student who was the main target of an undercover investigation of a ring that sold drugs from the campus will be sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday to selling cocaine.

    The student, Harrison David, is expected to begin serving his time on Rikers Island on Aug. 30, when he is formally sentenced.

    Charges are pending against four other students — Christopher Coles, Adam Klein, Jose Perez and Michael Wymbs — who were arrested with Mr. David last December; their lawyers filed motions Tuesday as part of their requests for a drug-treatment resolution that could lead to their clients’ cases being dismissed.

    Mr. David, 20, was charged with the most serious crimes of the five students, who were arrested under what the authorities called Operation Ivy League.

    Mr. David will most likely be expelled from Columbia as a result of the guilty plea, and his felony conviction may compromise his efforts to get into a new university, said his lawyer, Matthew D. Myers.

    “He has huge regrets about it,” Mr. Myers said. “I think he is taking responsibility for it. He is not being combative. He’s not disgruntled about the results.”

    After he is released from jail, Mr. David will have to serve five years’ probation.

    Mr. David left the courthouse without speaking. A spokesman for Columbia declined to comment.

    The city’s Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, which is handling the case, initially offered Mr. David a deal of one year in prison and two years’ probation. But William Novak, an assistant district attorney, said in court that the office believed the new arrangement served the interest of justice because it meant that Mr. David would have to be under supervision for a longer period of time after his release from jail.

    The top charge against Mr. David, second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, carried a mandatory minimum sentence of three years’ incarceration and a maximum of 10 years. Instead, he pleaded guilty to third-degree sale of a controlled substance, which does not have a mandatory minimum.

    Mr. David, dressed in a dark pinstriped suit, admitted in court that he had sold cocaine last August to an undercover officer. The sale took place at Mr. David’s apartment, according to prosecutors.

    Mr. Myers, Mr. David’s lawyer, said he thought the plea “was a fair resolution.”

    It would have been too harsh to send Mr. David to a state prison, Mr. Myers said. Mr. David had never been incarcerated before, Mr. Myers said, adding that he was respectful and “has a very bright future.”

    “You’re talking about a brilliant kid,” Mr. Myers said.

    Mr. Myers said Mr. David, who studied engineering at Columbia, would apply for a certificate of relief from the judge, which would loosen some of the restrictions on him as a convicted felon, like on his right to vote.

    John Eligon
    New York Times
    July 19, 2011

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