4 Students Offered Probation Deals In Columbia University Drug Ring Case

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York prosecutors are offering no-jail plea deals to four of the five Columbia University students charged with selling LSD-spiked candy and other drugs on the Ivy League campus.

The city Special Narcotics Prosecutor‘s office said Tuesday it would agree to probation if the four pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from their December arrests.

Prosecutors want a year in prison for the fifth student, Harrison David, who faces the most serious charges related to cocaine sales.

None of the students accepted the offers Tuesday. All but David are seeking what’s known as “diversion” to drug-abuse treatment.

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Under that plan, they could get the charges dismissed or lowered to misdemeanors if they succeed in treatment. Prosecutors object to diversion for them.

Prosecutors say some of the students claimed they needed the drug money to cover tuition.

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  • trevorSayersisdaStaminaMan

    No mercy for these students. Had these been hispanic or black students, they would have been sentenced to at least a year in jail!

  • Lol

    No surprise here. If it happened in the ghetto no deals would be offered.

    • IgnoranteElephante

      In what you refer to as the “ghetto,” no one is ever considered a drug dealer. Everyone claims to be an addict and motivated to sell by their addiction. Thus, the felony sale charges are reduced to misdemeanor possession charges and the defendants are sent to diversion. When they obviously pass their drug tests, I say obviously because they are dealers not addicts, their cases are dismissed. Sometimes they even have graduations at the DA’s office for these diversion programs where hundreds of dealors are congratulated for getting clean.

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