Eight people -- including five Columbia University undergrads, one of whom was the student council vice president -- were arrested this morning in a police raid, prosecutors have announced. The students are accused of peddling drugs (including cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and pot) at campus dorms and frat houses, and one of their suppliers is charged with "plotting to kidnap a pair of rival cocaine traffickers."
22-year-old Michael Wymbs and 20-year-olds Chris Coles, Harrison David, Adam Klein, and Jose Stephan Perez are all expected to be rung up on drug charges today for selling $11,000 worth of cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, Adderall, and LSD to undercover cops in their dorms and three campus frat houses.
Police say the five-month investigation, codenamed "Operation Ivy Gate," culminated in raiding the students' rooms this morning and finding a bottle of LSD, 50 ecstasy capsules, 15 Adderall pills, more than half a pound of weed, and nearly $2,000 in cash.
Police also arrested three drug suppliers, including one in Bed-Stuy and two in the East Village, who supplied the students' drugs. One of the East Village suppliers is charged with trying to kidnap a pair of rival cocaine dealers "at gunpoint, hold them for ransom, and torture them by forcibly administering a heavy dose of LSD."
Gawker's Maureen O'Connor has already jumped on
on rounding up the disgraced Ivy Leaguers' Facebook profiles. Harrison David, a 20-year-old sophomore who hails from Laguna Beach, California, is an engineering student whom the NYPD says was salutatorian of his high school class. (Gawker calls him "The Sexy One.")
Adam Klein, another 20-year-old sophomore, is from Charleston, South Carolina. He is reportedly a neuroscience major, frat brother, and fencer.
The eldest, 22-year-old senior Michael Wymbs, is also an engineering student and vice president of the student council. When reached by phone, a woman at his home in Beach Haven, New Jersey, declined to comment on how they felt about their academically promising kid's drug-peddling habit.
In an e-mail to students, Columbia officials said they were taking the matter "very seriously" and that the "alleged behavior of the students involved in this incident goes against not only state and federal law, but also University policy and the principles we have set--and strive together to maintain--for our community."
The students are expected to be arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court this afternoon.