About 100 Students Arrested in San Diego State University Drug Bust

May 07, 2008 12:53 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
by Josh Katz
A five-month investigation yields 96 arrests, and highlights the pervasiveness of drug use on college campuses.

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Operation Sudden Fall, which began after a female student at San Diego State University died from a drug overdose last year, has resulted in the seizure of four pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of marijuana and 350 ecstasy pills. Seventy-five of those arrested were students of the university.

Prior to the bust, a student sent out a mass text message to his “faithful customers” to “discuss a ‘sale’ on cocaine and gave details on reduced prices,” according to CNN.

Stephen L. Weber, President of San Diego State University, stated that the students have been suspended from the University and those living on campus have been evicted. The school has placed six fraternities on suspension. “If proven guilty, these individuals have preyed on students and have ruined hundreds of lives,” Weber said.

But Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, criticized the operation as a waste of DEA resources, which served only to ruin the students’ futures. “This bust could have happened at hundreds and hundreds of campuses across the nation,” he argues.

In the United States, 23,080 college students were arrested on drug-related charges in 2006.

A 2007 study by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that the “proportion of students using marijuana daily has more than doubled to about 4 percent.” The abuse of drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall and OxyContin is also on the rise.

Watch AP coverage

Headline Link: ‘Six fraternities suspended after San Diego drug bust’

Background: Operation Sudden Fall

Opinion & Analysis: ‘Critics Call College Bust “Ridiculous, Nonsensical Waste”’

Related Topics: Campus drug culture


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