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    96 Students, Others Arrested in Massive Drug Raid at San Diego State University

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    SAN DIEGO — Ninety-six students, local gang members and others were arrested Tuesday in a massive drug raid at San Diego State University.
    Drugs including cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana and methamphetamines were confiscated in the sting, which came as the result of a months-long undercover operation, according to officials with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

    Many of the students arrested were members of the Theta Chi and Phi Kappa Psi fraternities. One of the gang members taken into custody allegedly has ties to Mexican drug cartels.
    The DEA said a member of the Theta Chi fraternity sent out a mass text message to his "faithful customers" stating that he and his "associates" would be unable to sell cocaine while they were in Las Vegas over one weekend.
    In addition to large quantities of narcotics, money and weapons were also seized from sellers and buyers in the bust.
    Authorities confiscated two kilograms of cocaine, about 350 ecstasy pills, marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, hash oil, methamphetamines and illicit prescription drugs, as well as several guns and at least $60,000 in cash.


    Undercover officers in "Operation Sudden Fall," as it was called, conducted more than 130 drug purchases with sellers, authorities said.
    Officials said they were surprised by the sophistication of the campus smuggling and trafficking network.
    Several of the 96 defendants — 75 of whom are students — were appearing in state court to face charges Tuesday afternoon.
    Eighteen of the students were arrested Tuesday when nine search warrants were executed at various locations, among them fraternities.
    The undercover sting was spawned by the drug-overdose death of a college student last year.
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    You beat me to the punch!!! Here's a bit more, including about the student who's death started the investigation.

    Shirley Jennifer Poliakoff, 19, was found dead on the morning of May 6, 2007, in her Aztec Corner apartment. She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority.

    A county Medical Examiner's investigator said Poliakoff died from acute cocaine and ethanol intoxication. The death was ruled accidental.

    An arrest in connection with her death has been made. That person was not among those arrested in the operation, said Damon Mosler, narcotics division chief for the District Attorney.

    More than 130 undercover drug buys were made over the past five months at fraternity houses, in front of campus dormitories and at various locations off campus.

    During that time, a second drug overdose near campus was reported. On Feb. 24, Kurt Baker was found dead of an accidental overdose in a SDSU fraternity house. The county Medical Examiner's Office said Baker died from acute oxycodone and alcohol intoxication. It was ruled accidental.

    Officials said among those arrested is Michael Montoya, a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, who was one month away from obtaining his master's degree in Homeland Security. Montoya also worked as a community service officer on campus and reported to campus police.

    Another student majoring in criminal justice was arrested for possession of 500 grams of cocaine and two guns, officials said.

    “A sad commentary is that when one of these individuals was arrested, he inquired as to whether or not his arrest and incarceration would have an effect on his becoming a federal law enforcement officer,” said Ralph Partridge, special agent-in-charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Others arrested include Omar Castaneda, a 36-year-old Pomona gang member with close ties to some of the Mexican drug cartels, Mosler said.

    Castaneda, who is believed to have been a lead supplier in the drug trafficking, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday afternoon in Superior Court.

    His bail was set at $150,000 in connection with the drug charges and his immigration status is also being checked.

    “Castaneda was one of the main sources of supply for some of the dealers on the campus,” Mosler said.

    Also arraigned was Patrick Hawley, 20, who was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and selling cocaine near the campus, officials said.

    Hawley, who was an SDSU student at some point during the investigation, sold one-eighth of an ounce of cocaine for $120 to an undercover DEA agent, said prosecutor Shawn Tafreshi, of the major narcotics unit, in court.

    He often bragged of taking over the drug selling business from another seller, Tafreshi said.

    Hawley's bail was set at $75,000.

    Officers infiltrated seven campus fraternities. In some fraternities, most of the members were aware of organized drug dealing occurring from the houses by other members, officials said.

    In one instance, a member of the Theta Chi fraternity sent out a mass text message to his “faithful customers” stating that he and his associates would be in Las Vegas for the weekend and cocaine sales could not be made.

    The message said there was a “sale” on cocaine and listed reduced prices.

    Narcotics authorities said the sales were predominantly arranged by text messages.

    The drug dealers “weren't picky about who they sold to,” Mosler said.

    Weber said the fraternities involved, Theta Chi and Phi Kappa Psi, could face sanctions such as expulsion from the campus.

    Faculty and staff were not made aware of the undercover investigation being conducted on and near campus.
    “This was not a difficult decision,” Weber said. “We needed to do something about it. We're talking about drug trafficking. That's the thing we were not prepared to turn our backs on. We had to deal with this.”

    Mosler said the university's cooperation is rare and should be used as an example for other campuses.

    “Being proactive and taking on these problems at schools is not easy. Nobody likes that. We've often had issues with people not wanting to take on problems at schools,” Mosler said.

    Those arrested Tuesday morning were taken to Cox Arena for questioning. The operation has concluded, but officials said the investigation is continuing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PDawg View Post
    Officials said among those arrested is Michael Montoya, a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, who was one month away from obtaining his master's degree in Homeland Security. Montoya also worked as a community service officer on campus and reported to campus police.

    Another student majoring in criminal justice was arrested for possession of 500 grams of cocaine and two guns, officials said.

    “A sad commentary is that when one of these individuals was arrested, he inquired as to whether or not his arrest and incarceration would have an effect on his becoming a federal law enforcement officer,” said Ralph Partridge, special agent-in-charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
    Lock these assholes up and throw away the key.
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    Officials said among those arrested is Michael Montoya, a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, who was one month away from obtaining his master's degree in Homeland Security. Montoya also worked as a community service officer on campus and reported to campus police.

    Another student majoring in criminal justice was arrested for possession of 500 grams of cocaine and two guns, officials said.

    A sad commentary is that when one of these individuals was arrested, he inquired as to whether or not his arrest and incarceration would have an effect on his becoming a federal law enforcement officer,” said Ralph Partridge, special agent-in-charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
    What do you think? Damn, what an idiot!

    Others arrested include Omar Castaneda, a 36-year-old Pomona gang member with close ties to some of the Mexican drug cartels, Mosler said.

    Castaneda, who is believed to have been a lead supplier in the drug trafficking, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday afternoon in Superior Court.

    His bail was set at $150,000 in connection with the drug charges and his immigration status is also being checked.

    “Castaneda was one of the main sources of supply for some of the dealers on the campus,” Mosler said.
    Gangbangers like these need to be swiftly dealt with. They are clogging up the prison system. Death penalty. Non productive members of society.
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    Lock these assholes up and throw away the key.
    ...and give them the stiffest punishment allowable by law.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PDawg View Post
    “A sad commentary is that when one of these individuals was arrested, he inquired as to whether or not his arrest and incarceration would have an effect on his becoming a federal law enforcement officer,” said Ralph Partridge, special agent-in-charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
    Someone should invite him to O/R so he can ask that question here!

 

 

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