3 Columbia Frats Suspended After Members Busted in Drug Ring

Five students arrested in sting

By Lynda Baquero
|  Friday, Dec 10, 2010  |  Updated 7:35 AM EDT
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Cops Bust Columbia Campus Drug Ring

Five students from Columbia University were charged today in a major drug bust on campus. Police say an undercover officer bought eleven thousand dollars worth of illegal drugs at campus housing. They say the majority of sales took place at three fraternities: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Psi Upsilon. Lynda Baquero reports.

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Three Columbia University fraternities have been suspended after five of its members were arrested on charges of selling drugs.

The school's student affairs dean said Alpha Epsilon Pi, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Psi Upsilon fraternities must stop recruitment, initiation and all social activities pending further review. The national chapters were notified.

The students were charged Tuesday with selling LSD-spiked candy and other drugs on the Ivy League campus. They pleaded not guilty to multiple drug dealing charges alleging they were supplied by violent traffickers.

Prosecutors say two of the students told investigators they needed the money to pay for tuition.


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