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96 Arrested in San Diego State University Drug Bust

May 6th, 2008 Posted in Breaking News

Of the 96 people arrested, 75 were students. Eighteen of the students were arrested Tuesday when nine search warrants were executed at various locations including fraternities, said Jesse Rodriguez, San Diego County assistant district attorney.

Those arrested included a student who was about to receive a criminal justice degree and another who was to receive a master’s degree in homeland security.

During the probe investigators discovered that most fraternity members were aware of “organized drug dealing occurring from the fraternity houses by its members,” the DEA said in a news release.

The DEA also said “Undercover agents purchased cocaine from fraternity members and confirmed that a hierarchy existed for the purpose of selling drugs for money,”.

The district attorney’s office served search warrants in San Diego and suburban La Mesa, including the Theta Chi fraternity house and several apartments.

University police and federal drug agents worked together in the investigation, making more than 130 undercover drug buys at locations including fraternity houses, student parking areas and dormitories, authorities said.

San Diego State is one of the largest schools in California’s state university system with about 34,000 students.

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