Spectrum | Dec. 7 12:02 pm EST
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Five students arrested in frat row drug bust

UPDATE 1:56 p.m.: The News desk has the official story. We’ll be covering all new developments. Keep checking back for updates.

Our previous coverage follows.

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Five Columbia students and three drug suppliers were arrested on campus today for selling cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, Adderall, and LSD, DNAinfo reports. The students, who will face drug charges, are Chris Coles, CC ’12; Harrison David, SEAS ’12; Adam Klein, CC ’12; Jose Stephan Perez, CC ’12; and Michael Wymbs, SEAS ’11.

DNAinfo reports:

The drug ring came to light in part after the NYPD received multiple complaints on its CrimeStoppers hotline, officials said.

Most of the sales took place at three campus fraternities — Alpha Epsilon Pi, Pi Kappa Alpha and Psi Upsilon — according to police. Two of the students also allegedly sold drugs from their dorm rooms at the International House and East Campus Housing, police said.

Undercover officers bought nearly $8,000 worth of marijuana, $1,000 each of cocaine and ecstasy and $440 in LSD from the students over the course of the investigation, police said.

The News desk is currently looking into the story. Check back for updates.

Update 12:25 p.m.: According to City Room, the students applied LSD “to Altoids mints and SweetTarts candy.” Michael Wymbs, SEAS ’11, one of the students arrested, previously served as 2011 class VP in 2007-08 and later as academic affairs representative before resigning.

Update 12:40 p.m.: Jose Stephan Perez is commonly known on campus as Stephan Vincenzo. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar.

The Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office has released an official statement, much of which details the additional arrests of three suppliers (not Columbia students):

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said, “An ominous aspect of this investigation was the involvement of college students in the violent drug dealing business.  The recent shootings on September 29th and November 1st of young people involved in selling marijuana highlight the all too familiar link between drugs and violence. The students arrested today supplied dangerous substances to their friends and other students to turn a quick profit, but subjected themselves to risks, of which they were either ignorant or in denial. These students were playing with fire.”

The statement includes the defendants and charges.

Chris Coles
3/19/1990
Intercultural House, 554 W. 114th St.
CSCS 5th – 2 cts.
Criminal Sale of Marijuana 1st – 1 ct.
Criminal Sale of Marijuana 3rd – 4 cts.
Criminal Sale of Marijuana 4th – 1 ct.
Criminal Nuisance 2nd – 1 ct.
Harrison David
8/18/1990
Alpha Epsilon Pi, 546 W. 114th St.
CSCS 2nd – 1 ct
CSCS 3rd – 1 ct
Criminal Sale of Marijuana 3rd – 6 cts.
Criminal Sale of Marijuana 4th – 2 cts.
Criminal Nuisance 1st – 1 ct.
Criminal Nuisance 2nd – 1 ct.
Adam Klein
3/12/1990
Psi Upsilon, 542 W. 114th St.
CSCS 5th – 2 cts.
Criminal Nuisance 2nd – 1 ct.
Jose Stephan Perez
10/25/1990
Pi Kappa Alpha, 536 W. 114th St.
CSCS 5th – 4 cts.
Criminal Sale of Marijuana 3rd – 1 ct.
Criminal Nuisance 2nd – 1 ct.
Michael Wymbs
10/21/1988
East Campus Housing, 70 Morningside Drive
CSCS 5th – 6 cts.
Criminal Nuisance 2nd – 1 ct.

Also from the statement, a graph showing the sales to undercover officers at Columbia:

Cocaine 40 grams $1,100
MDMA 50 capsules $1,000
LSD 44 tabs $440
Marijuana 2 ½ lbs $7,900

Update 12:52 p.m.: Cristen Kromm, assistant dean for community development and residential programs, has sent an email to brownstone residents:

Columbia University has not given media outlets permission to enter your brownstones.  Reporters are only able to enter brownstone with your permission and as your visitor. Please note you are in no way obligated to respond to inquiries.

If media are attempting to enter the brownstone or if reporters do gain access without your express permission, please contact Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555 for assistance.  Public Safety will provide a patrolling officer along 114th street throughout the day in the event you need their assistance.

Update 1:24 p.m.: A Spec reporter sent in these photos of the NYPD on Frat Row.

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Update 1:30 p.m.: We’re adding more info about the arrested students as it comes in. Adam Klein competed on the fencing team last year. Jose Stephan Perez (Stephan Vincenzo) is a poet and party promoter. The spring 2009 115th Varsity Show featured a Stephan Vincenzo character.

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COMMENTS (113)

  1. wow • December 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm • Reply

    This is madness

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    • madness? • December 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm • Reply

      THIS. IS. COLUMBIAAA!

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      • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm •

        This is sad….

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      • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm •

        This is hilarious!

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      • phil • December 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm •

        This is phil

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      • the best response • December 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm •

        hilarity though?

        sigh

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    • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm • Reply

      this is not Phil

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      • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm •

        anyone know when new season of spartacus will be out?

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      • wtf • December 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm •

        philllllllllll

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      • phil • December 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm •

        sup

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  2. Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm • Reply

    “drug ring” is a little sensationalist
    it’s more like five frat dudes got their hands on LSD and coke….which I suppose are harder to come by
    it’s more a testament to their incompetence than it is to columbia’s drug problem

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    • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm • Reply

      Coke is pretty easy to come by. LSD isn’t as easy, but it’s not that remarkable that they got their hands on either.

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  3. fratnerntieis • December 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm • Reply

    were invovled with the drug ring.

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    • were they? • December 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm • Reply

      or was it fratnerntiets?

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  4. Ahahaha • December 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm • Reply

    ROOOOFFFFLLLLLL raped by po-po

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    • anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm • Reply

      this is really NOT something to laugh at. these are five of your peers, five nice people and valued members of the community, who unfortunately will probably be haunted by this for a very long time, if not the rest of their lives. at least show some respect for the gravity of the situation.

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      • i mean • December 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm •

        agreed that it’s not funny because how much life-ruining-potential this has for these five CU students, but i’m sure they knew that this was the risk they ran

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      • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm •

        valued members of the community don’t sell 2.5 lbs of weed and 1k worth of coke to undercover cops. these guys got what they deserved and they are criminals.

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      • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm •

        So since smoking weed is an crime warranting arrest, you think that if every kid at columbia who smokes weed got arrested, they would only be “getting what they deserve?”

        you’re a piece of shit.

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      • smoking vs selling? • December 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm •

        no difference?

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      • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm •

        agreeed. they did NOT deserve this.

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      • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm •

        i’m not saying that i’m just saying you can’t get off pretending that these guys are “valued members of society” and that we should be concerned with their fucking feelings at this point. I mean they committed a crime and they are facing the penalties. everyone who smokes weed knows that its illegal and that there is a risk involved so if you get arrested for any of this shit i don’t feel sorry for you at all, you knew what the consequences could be.

        and come on bro there is obviously a difference between smoking weed vs. selling coke, lsd, and x even your stoned ass should know that

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      • Throw them in jail • December 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm •

        Anonymous,

        Smoking weed is not a criminal act.

        It is a violation.

        If you have a NY state drivers license with no warrant, you are not taken to a jail for having weed.

        You pay a fine. Your second offense becomes community service.

        So yes, lol.

        If people were cited for smoking weed, the fine is fair punishment.

        Next time you open your mouth do some research. Smoking weed is NOT a crime,
        it is a violation.

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  5. The names • December 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm • Reply

    of these students should NOT be public information and it is extraordinarily inappropriate for spec to have published them. This is a serious legal issue, not a matter for student gossip. Remove the names. immediately.

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    • huh? • December 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm • Reply

      that is just lame. the students have been arrested and charged and that is news. they have not been convicted and no one has alleged that they have been. get over it.

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    • .... • December 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm • Reply

      have you looked at nytimes? ny1? cnn? names are already public, dumbass

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      • Raj • July 29, 2012 at 12:13 am •

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    • It's called... • December 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm • Reply

      Freedom of Information Act. They’re all adults – public record. Deal with it. Throw in an FOI request for good measure.

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    • Uh... • December 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm • Reply

      Wait, what? The names of people — whether students or not — arrested for coordinating a drug ring are usually public information (unless they’re minors, which these guys aren’t). That’s a basic tenant of criminal law and of journalism. You’re way off-base here.

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    • Throw them in jail • December 7, 2010 at 9:34 pm • Reply

      The poster “The names” is likely a girlfriend of one of the 5 drug dealers.
      Her comment is so bizarre that it can only be explained as someone
      who is still in shock as to what has transpired over the last 24
      hours.

      These are adults arrested for multiple felonies and misdemeanors.
      They sold cocaine to their fellow students. To think that their names
      should be private demonstrates how some sheltered, surburban,
      private school grads are completely out of touch with reality.

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  6. ... • December 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm • Reply

    …yeah, and as result of this serious legal matter, their names are now part of the public record and public information. if you’re arrested, chances are, your name is going to be published somewhere.

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  7. Wow • December 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm • Reply

    This is really horrible. How was “operation ivy league” happening for so long without the University being aware. Has anything like this happened in the past?

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    • happening • December 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm • Reply

      at other ivies too?

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    • also yeah • December 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm • Reply

      history?

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      • university • December 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm •

        was likely made aware.

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    • Throw them all in jail. • December 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm • Reply

      “Has anything happened like this before?”

      Is this a serious question? This question must be from
      a social recluse who does nothing but study all day
      and night in the library.

      These substances have been used on EVERY college campus
      for over 50 years. Since the 1960s, most frat houses have members
      smoking copius amounts of weed, snorting cocaine, etc. Many people
      not in a frat engage in the same behavior. This is not unusual at all.

      Typically police do not investigate these issues because it is considered
      part of the college process. University officials know it goes on but they
      look the other way. Something must have happened for Columbia to
      invite the NYPD to act. I suspect the problem may have become out of
      hand? Perhaps someone overdosed recently.

      Whatever it was, ivy league educated individuals should not be engaged
      in the trafficking of narcotics. It’s a business for the uneducated and those
      who don’t want to work hard. They must serve jail time and they must be expelled
      from the university. They should not be allowed to study at any highly
      competitive school.

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      • ... • December 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm •

        Or it served as a useful, easy-to-prosecute, and media-friendly case with which a department that has come under fire in the past—even within the past week—could harness good publicity.

        One could argue that your clearly limited knowledge of the individuals involved in this case leaves you with no basis upon which to make character judgments (i.e. “those who don’t want to work hard”). To take just one example, a Millenium scholar? Sounds like a real lazy asshole to me.

        Get off your high horse and show the critical thinking skills that you are supposed to have honed here.

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      • Throw them all in jail. • December 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm •

        Ok, so you are the girlfriend of one of the people. Let me school you on this issue. It is in your best interest to distance yourself from these individuals now and in the months to come. These scumbags were selling cocaine. Perhaps you are unaware of how serious this is.

        I stated that drug dealers should not be ivy league grads or students. Is it your position that what they were engaging in was totally benign and that drug dealers are hard workers?

        You look like a desperate, clingy girlfriend by defending your boyfriend here. Step back, take a deep breath, and realize how serious this is.

        You should pursue relationships with individuals who care about the welfare of others, not those who pursue shameless self interest of profit, fame, etc.

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      • lolz • December 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm •

        wrong on this one, Sherlock.

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      • also • December 8, 2010 at 2:51 am •

        only one of them was selling cocaine

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  8. how do we know • December 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm • Reply

    the university wasn’t aware? what’s their obligation to protect students selling drugs? legitimate question

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    • Wow • December 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm • Reply

      I don’t know. But yes, I’m wondering if the school did and if so, what they did to protect students.

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    • well • December 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm • Reply

      I don’t think the University sees itself as a protector of drug dealers. That’s against University policy, not to mention, you know, the Law.

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      • Wow • December 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm •

        Right, agreed. But wouldn’t it be in the University’s best interest to deal with this internally (assuming they know about it) ? This is definitely not good for Columbia PR, and my guess is that the school would want to avoid this type of situation.

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      • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm •

        I’d have to say there’s no WAY Columbia would have complied with a police investigation, well knowing there would be a result of this magnanimity. Had they known this was going on, they would have figured out some way to work out an “agreement” to please the cops without basically opening the doors to bad press.

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      • grammar police • December 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm •

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnanimity

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      • yeah • December 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm •

        what is this supposed to mean here?

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      • huh? • December 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm •

        you are right in a certain sense, but it would seem that once crimes are being committed the University’s jurisdiction subsides and the State intervenes… ivy privilege only goes so far in the outside world!

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      • Nah • December 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm •

        If the University was aware of drug dealing and actively prevented the apprehension of the the perpetrators, then the University would be considered accomplices after the fact. If the University knew and did nothing while the accused continued to store drugs, let alone continued to operate, then the University would have become an accomplices of any of the deals that happened after they became aware, so I would be willing to guess that the University probably did not know enough to take any action (or to have any legal action taken against them!)

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      • anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm •

        I doubt the university has the administrative organization to deal with this type of activity. That doesn’t mean, though, that they weren’t aware that it was happening. But they must have been blindsided by the undercover cops

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  9. Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 12:55 pm • Reply

    What does CSCS stand for?

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    • Nah • December 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm • Reply

      CSCS – Criminal sale of a controlled substance

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    • google bruh • December 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm • Reply

      criminal sale of a controlled sustance

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    • CSCS • December 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm • Reply

      criminal sale of controlled substance. CPCS is possession. pretty sure they’re both felonies.

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    • menckenlite • December 8, 2010 at 5:20 am • Reply

      it also stands for the Committee for Public Counsel Services public defenders in MA. Maybe it stands for Cute Psych-drugs and Cocaine Sellers.

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  10. 2012 • December 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm • Reply

    Making us proud….

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    • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm • Reply

      i think its 2011

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      • obviously • December 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm •

        commenting on the fact that 4/5 of them are (were?) class of 2012…

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  11. CSCS • December 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm • Reply

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=what+does+CSCS+mean%3F

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    • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm • Reply

      pretty sure none of those searches gave the correct answer.

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  12. Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm • Reply

    dear god, the war on fun is going to be back with a vengeance. thanks guys.

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    • aww • December 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm • Reply

      mannn

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      • warrrrr • December 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm •

        yep

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  13. Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm • Reply

    funny this is coming after Barnard voted to give Greek life recognition, and the Greek Life propaganda patrol has been going on and on about how wholesome they are…

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  14. Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm • Reply

    why are these students names on the article? that is by far the most inappropriate part of this article. Sure, tell us some people got busted, but don’t give us their class and names.

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    • Anonymouse • December 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm • Reply

      Because, as has already been pointed out numerous times in both these comments and Bwog’s, these students were adults who made their choices. The names have been published in the NYTimes, CNN, and the AP. It wasn’t like this is exclusive to Spectrum.

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    • Anon • December 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm • Reply

      it’s news, and even if spec doesn’t give the names, the NYpost or Times or CNN will

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      • this news • December 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm •

        is far far bigger than any campus publication at this point

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    • why do people • December 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm • Reply

      automatically react like this? Like Spec’s tattling?

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    • are you • December 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm • Reply

      stupid? it’s public info. better to read it here than on usa today, which you will.

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  15. fucking • December 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm • Reply

    assholes fuck it up for everyone, what a way to fuck up an ivy league education, give our school bad press and propell the war on fun, these kids sold drugs to undercover cops 31 times, dumb as rocks.

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    • war on fun • December 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm • Reply

      yep, hello

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  16. Anon • December 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm • Reply

    “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of these undercover officers, over hundreds of hours, requiring an untold number of overtime hours, as well as the prosecutorial resources which will soon be devoted to this case, we can now all rest assured that the campus of Columbia University is drug free and the students who attend will no longer be able to find illegal drugs from their fellow students!”

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  17. wow • December 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm • Reply

    the university absolutely has clout — they could have had public safety bus in there and take all the substances and killed the case before one was made if they had known about it and dealt with it internally — possibly expelling said students — and ivy influence absolutely goes a long way in the real world.

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    • does it? • December 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm • Reply

      PR matters–can’t hide this

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  18. Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm • Reply

    Same as it ever was at Columbia.

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    • oy • December 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm • Reply

      What does that mean? When did this happen before?

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      • Anonymous • December 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm •

        Same as it ever was meaning drug use at Columbia. These saps just got caught dealing in drugs. Anyone ever here of Realityfest at Ferris Booth in the 90′s. It was basically a school sanctioned tripfest. If you don’t believe it, you weren’t there!

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  19. Tom • December 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm • Reply

    Honestly, Columbia will only handle things internally that take place in their dorms and involve small-time possession/taking of drugs.

    2.7 pounds of weed is a whole other level.

    The idea that we should worry about these five kids being haunted for the rest of their lives o’s extremely inappropriate – unless you plan on spewing such pitiful sanctimonies every time anyone criticizes anyone anywhere for the FELONIES committed by people…in this case privileged adults.

    The situation is of course very sad, without a doubt – one wonders what led these people to commit (allegedly) such actions as to end up in this mess. But cry me a f’in river, how do you expect people to comment.

    Spec wasnt wrong to post the names – though news distributors may decide against it in less serious cases (and matters of pure allegation brought on not by police investigators but by, say, a fellow student). Publishing their names in this case is a judgment call – given the seriousness of allegations, and the level of intervention by non-University officials, it seems totally reasonable.

    Except for certain particular cases, as long as they’re over 18 it’s a judgment call, anyway.

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  20. From a verified source... • December 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm • Reply

    the university was complicit in the investigation, per NYPD’s request. The key was not to get to these kids but rather their dealers and the larger cocaine ring hence the delay in the bust from July until now. Operation Ivy League was sucessful, due in part to Columbia’s compliance.

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  21. Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm • Reply

    I really feel for these guys! I know them all and they are good people, and don’t deserve this. Good luck.

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    • Anonymous • December 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm • Reply

      do good people sell large quantities of illegal drugs? in my mind (and thankfully the eyes of the justice system too), no.

      and how do they not deserve this? they broke the law and are facing the consequences

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      • ... • December 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm •

        …right? no?

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      • Rose • December 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm •

        Good works do not good people make, and bad works do not bad people make. Read your fucking Martin Luther.

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      • look beyond the law • December 8, 2010 at 9:47 am •

        for your definitions of morality.

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    • sigh • December 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm • Reply

      hard to fathom

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    • Throw them all in jail. • December 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm • Reply

      This post of “I know them they are all good people” is probably some sorority bimbo who has slept with 80% of those arrested. She’s so superficial she thinks the distribution of cocaine is not a serious concern.

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      • ... • December 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm •

        What the hell is wrong with you?
        The real superficial bimbo is the kid who vilifies all 5 without any knowledge of their lives beyond what they read on the internet. These are real people, you idiot, with real relationships, and moreover, a helluva lot more compassion than will ever be found inside your uninformed, ignorant, sanctimonious, and likely privileged head. Get some perspective instead of making everything fit within your self-centered and sensationalized conceptions of the way the world works.

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      • Throw them all in jail. • December 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm •

        “Real people with real relationships”

        So one of them was your boyfriend. Perhaps you need congitive behavorial therapy to determine why you chase the “bad guy.” I’d surmise that you had a controlling father and mother. Still rebelling at age 21? Grow up and get over it. Look for individuals who have a vision to create a better world for people, not sell them a highly addictive, highly dangerous substance.
        You chose to date a drug dealer, now live with the consquences.
        p.s. If they truly had compassion, they would not place their desire to make short term profit while over the health and safety of their fellow ivy league peers. You really are in denial.

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      • ... • December 8, 2010 at 2:56 am •

        While it’s ridiculous to even respond to your attempt to turn my comment into the ravings of a traumatized individual, I’ve got to break it to you: not a girlfriend, nor even close to any of the individuals involved.
        My connection? I’ve seen firsthand the hell brought on by addiction. If I chose to continue with so limited and self-serving an attitude as you so choose, it would be in the best interest of both myself and my family to construct a narrative that relied upon turning these people into one-dimensional “evil” characters.
        But such an opinion would betray a fundamentally biased perspective based on an inability to see any subtleties of human character. Sure, it may be comforting to turn to pre-formed opinions as to the way the world works in order to elevate yourself to a higher position, but such comfort comes at a basic cost of human decency.

        But whatever—that’s just the rantings of a delusional rebeller in need of therapy. Continue upon your luxuriously myopic way.

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      • Throw them in Jail. • December 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm •

        Ok, you already stated you know all the individuals involved.

        Clearly you are biased.

        Second, you play the victim card as if you are the only person in the world who has ever know anyone who has or had a drug or alcohol addiction. Get real. Wake up. Millions of people suffer from these addictions.

        Your behavior is pathetic. It is ironic that you call my behavior myopic.

        You have the intellectual and emotional capacity of a wombat.

        You fail to realize that the addicts had to purchase their drugs from a dealer. Less greedy drug dealers and yes there will be less drug abuse.

        Your bf or friends chose to put their own self interest above the welfare of others.

        One stated to the detective that he needed to do this to pay his bills. It’s called financial aid. That’s what normal people do. He was given the ability to study at one of the finest instiutions in the world and he chose to take the easy way out by selling drugs instead of borrowing money at a very low interest rate.

        You can still be friends with these individuals and accept that what they did was wrong. You can still support them and let them know what they did was wrong.

        These guys will only have one more chance at life. The next time they commit CLASS A or CLASS B felonies, they could go away for 6 to 8 years.

        It is up to you to let them know that what they did was really f-ed up. You have the power to do it. Don’t be weak. Don’t be afraid.

        I do not think they were evil people. You are naive to assume that simply because I think they should be thrown in jail that I think they are evil scumbags.

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      • ... • December 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm •

        final notes:
        -i more meant that it’s possible to see addiction, even from a very personal place, as a problem that doesn’t stem from the individual dealers. sorry if that wasn’t more explicit.
        -i take issue with the value judgements that refer to various people as “superficial,” “bimbo,” “greedy,” and (to paraphrase) self-interested to the point of malicious intent. even the use of the word “normal” shows the implicit creation of an out-group based on simplistic categorization.
        -responding to another’s comment does not an original poster make. i’m not these kids’ friends, bubz.

        wombat out.

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      • ... • December 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm •

        *value judgments made with the use of phrases that refer to people as

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  22. Tom • December 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm • Reply

    Good people make poor decisions. They must still face the consequences of those actions.

    Pray?…for their safety in jail? Or for their souls? Something like that? I’m honestly curious.

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  23. Repercussions • December 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm • Reply

    are they facing time? fines? both?

    does anyone have any idea of the potential consequences/avg penalties?

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  24. Busted • December 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm • Reply

    SOAP ON A ROPE is what they will need now,What F….ups,throwing away a Education people would die for.

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    • Throw them all in jail. • December 7, 2010 at 6:10 pm • Reply

      You said it bro. These guys were probably going to grad school then earn a salary of 80 to 125,000 per year. For what? Short-term profit with extremely high risk. And they’re goods could have killed people. Many people die from cocaine.

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  25. Throw them all in jail. • December 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm • Reply

    These drugs are used on every campus in the U.S., perhaps the world.
    The problem here is that five ivy league students chose to engage
    in the distribution of hardcore narcotics. This is why they are stupid
    and deserve a punishment. These individuals could easily obtain
    a job that pays 75% to 100% more than individuals their age without
    such an education. They chose to be greedy and not only use the
    drugs but also engage in the sale of the drug. If it is their first offense
    and they hire decent lawyers, it is unlikely they will spend time in
    prison, although they should.
    They will all have a record (possibly felony if not reduced to misdemeanor)
    and this will reduce their job prospects.

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  26. Throw them all in jail. • December 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm • Reply

    This is a link to Gawker, where it posts pictures and Facebook page scans of the students arrested.

    http://gawker.com/5708350/the-great-columbia-frat-boy-drug+dealing-ring

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  27. Throw them all in jail. • December 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm • Reply

    Stephen Vincenzo is the stage name (apparently he is trying to model, lol) is
    Joseph Stephen Perez. He’s the one that is the Millennium Scholar, lol.
    Looks like he is more interested in living the life of a mafioso (his
    stage name is named after Al Capone’s brother) who throws
    cocaine laced parties than an ivy league grad who abides by the
    law and is a productive member of society. Guess Bill Gate’s foundation
    made a mistake, eh.
    Here is his model site….I guess he is still stuck in jail (perhaps Rikers?)
    or he would have taken this down….

    http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/405016/viewall

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    • Go Fuck Yourself • December 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm • Reply

      What kind of moron goes investigating for shit just to perpetuate this shit? Go fucking study for your finals instead of ignorantly slandering someone you have absolutely no real knowledge of.

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      • Throw them in jail • December 8, 2010 at 12:22 am •

        Ahh, you must be his fraternity brother. Look up the word slander before you make yourself look ignorant. I did not make up anything. I expressed the facts and linked people to his page. His Facebook page is down but I guess he forget to have his friends take down his modeling page, lol.

        I did not investigate it by the way, this is on Gawker. Your friend will never be able to get a job or apply to grad school because everytime people google his name in the future, they will find dozens of articles discussing the felonies he was convicted of with his pictures.
        You reap what you sow. He sowed a life of cocaine, party promotion, a hilarious haircut, and mafioso nicknames.

        You should be ashamed to defend him. If you are so willing to back up a friend, reveal your real name.

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  28. LOOK BEYOND THE LAW • December 8, 2010 at 9:51 am • Reply

    FOR YOUR DEFINITIONS OF MORALITY, people.. the drug war is like any other war, POINTLESS, and is only perpetuating hate and ignorance. it is NOT STOPPING DRUG USE/SALE/ETC. nationwide, and hasn’t since the prohibition of marijuana in the 1930s.

    we should not be locking people up for these types of non-violent offenses, we should be sending them to rehabilitation, and putting government funding into educating people on how to use certain drugs responsibly (aka marijuana, alcohol) and of the dangers of other harder drugs.

    also, if the NYPD spent those 6 months trying to solve the 59% of murder cases that went unsolved last year, that might be a better use of their time.

    for all of you crude people who are laughing and mocking these boys, have a heart, they are people too.

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    • but • December 8, 2010 at 10:07 am • Reply

      they were people blessed with an opportunity most others don’t have, to go to a school like columbia. As much as it saddens me to say it, they have not only squandered that opportunity (when for the 5 of them there were hundreds who would have gladly accepted a place here and NOT dealt drugs) as well as besmirched our school’s reputation– at least until the next big news story hits the papers. No matter what happens, yes these kids’ lives are ruined….but frankly, they did it to themselves. There is a HUGE difference between sporadic drug use (which I don’t condone anyway) and selling pounds and pounds of drugs to kids and undercover cops. Even selling dime bags on a street corner would have left them with some dignity. This is past the point of disgusting and shameful, it’s just sad.

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    • Throw them in Jail. • December 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm • Reply

      Look Beyond the law,

      Are you insane? NYPD solves over 85% to 90% of all murders.

      While I agree the NYPD does a lot of dumb things (like go undercover or plain
      clothes for subway turnstile jumpers who are homeless), your statements
      are completey inaccurate.

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  29. Ann • December 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm • Reply

    Columbia University may have cooperated with the NYPD, but they did not call them in. This is the last kind of situation any University wants publicized. Notice the University is asking the student body to seek out on campus resources for help or concerns. They would never say “or contact NYPD” .
    My guess is that CU found out about this after
    the evidence had been collected by the NYPD.

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    • Throw them in Jail. • December 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm • Reply

      Ann, what are you, a 20 yr old student who watched LAW AND ORDER a few times?

      CU knew about this before the sting was even set up. CU gave the go ahead for this to go down.

      This will all come out if they fight the charges.

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  30. Ann • December 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm • Reply

    @ throw. I have no doubt CU gave the go ahead and cooperated fully with the NYPD for the sting. I was responding to a few post that suggest CU called the NYPD in on their own investigation. I’m simply stating it was the other way around.

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    • Throw them in jail • December 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm • Reply

      This issue is not bad PR for CU. Most of the parents of CU students
      smoked weed. They are on average 50 years old. Thirty years ago
      when they attended college, weed, cocaine, LSD, speed, etc was everywhere.
      They smoked it, they purchased it from a student or from a local.

      Everyone knows students at all the ivies use these drugs.

      Not a big deal. The only part that perplexes me is why CU allowed
      NYPD to go on campus to investigate. If NYPD wanted to they could
      go undercover at Cornell Medical, NYU, Hunter, CU, CUNY, and every
      other school and bust tens of thousands of people for cpcs (criminal
      posession of a controlled substance) or sale and distribution. It
      is extremely unsusual for busts like this to go down. NYPD usually
      targets non-college, low income individuals. They are told to ignore
      the cocaine snorting, pain pill taking WALL STREETERS and
      the erudite academics.

      Something happened to cause CU to want NYPD to get involved.

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  31. king kong • December 16, 2010 at 2:12 am • Reply

    wow i thought yall were supposed to be way smart to be goin to that school. but some of ur boys fell for undercovers, and a bunch of times too. haha

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  32. drug master • January 13, 2012 at 3:36 am • Reply

    let them bull shit i do selll drugs so what happen the are just fool who dont know how to sell let them face there ponishment here is my yahoo messenger :icebrown96@yahoo.com
    who need it get here

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