Student Sent To Rehab In Columbia University Drug Ring Case

NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880) – A Columbia University student who sold marijuana as part of a campus drug-dealing ring is beginning about a year of drug treatment that could get his charges dismissed.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Case

Christopher Coles pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling more than a pound of marijuana to an undercover officer and steering the officer to another student to buy the stimulant Adderall. But Coles will be allowed to withdraw the plea, and the case will be dismissed, if he succeeds in inpatient rehabilitation.

Defense lawyer Marc Agnifilo says Coles sold pot to feed his own habit and is serious about treatment.

Prosecutors said Coles was motivated by profit, not addiction. But a judge approved the treatment plan.

Three other students have pleaded guilty to various charges. A fifth student has pleaded not guilty.

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  • RoyAllen

    seriously, a year of treatment for a pot smoker…………

  • RoyAllen

    oops,spelling error leaguers…I think I got it right this time,then again I’m not a Columbia grad

  • RoyAllen

    These Ivy Leiguers are not drug addicts,they are drug dealers,and should have been treated as that.But money talks,and they all walk.This was clearly motivated by profit,and they should have all done prison time. Once again,money buys you a ticket of of prison…………..but the ghetto kid who’s selling drugs,ends up in prison…………it’s the American way

  • Sarah Paul

    Those who having addiction problems they have to join rehab for their better future. Can rehab centers charges fees or not.

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  • Ivy League Sentence

    Sounds like an Ivy League sentence.

  • Amtracmarine

    Isn’t that a class E felony that brings 1-4 years of jail + $5,000 fine for first offense, ???And that’s just for possesion.

  • thor's hammer

    is he paying for his rehab, or are the taxpayers of new york?

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