Columbia drug bust ‘Operation Ivy League’ snares five

Vince Coglianese Contributor
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Five Columbia University students have been snared in an undercover drug sting dubbed “Operation Ivy League.” They stand accused of selling a menu of narcotics out of fraternity houses and on-campus residences, authorities said Tuesday.

Each of the five students in the apparently well-coordinated network allegedly specialized in selling a certain type of drug, authorities said. During a five-month investigation, undercover New York Police Department officers made 31 purchases from the students, totaling nearly $11,000, said Bridget Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor.

According to Ms. Brennan, the sales took place in the common areas or bedrooms of three fraternities and two dorms and involved the peddling of cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, Adderall and LSD, the latter of which was sometimes used to lace Altoids or Sweet Tarts candy.

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