Columbia Drug Ring Kids Want to Protect Their Futures

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In December, five Columbia students were arrested in a major drug sting, and yesterday, their lawyers turned down a no-jail plea deal. Four of the five were offered the bargain, which would have allowed them to serve zero jail time as long as they pleaded guilty to a felony. The students' lawyers refused to accept the offer insisting that a felony would prevent the boys from ever becoming doctors or lawyers. The fifth defendant, Harrison David, was offered a year in prison because he sold cocaine to an undercover cop while his friends were only peddling club drugs and pot. David's lawyer insists that his client only started selling cocaine when he was pressured by the undercover officer, and he hopes to have David's sentence reduced to the same punishment as his friends. [NYDN]

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