BREAKING NEWS: Twenty-one students and staff from fraternities at UNC and Duke are arrested for running ‘large scale drug operation’ which they used to sell thousands of pounds worth of cocaine and marijuana’
Twenty-one students and staff from colleges including UNC and Duke have been arrested in what police are calling a large-scale drug operation sting through which they allegedly peddled ‘thousands of pounds’ of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs.
A full list of the fraternities allegedly involved have not yet been released but they include UNC chapters of Phi Gamma Delta, Kappa Sigma and Beta Theta Pi fraternities.
The alleged drug dealing went on between 2017 and 2020.
Some of the first arrests were made in July this year and authorities say they have been working since then to piece together the operation.
Prosecutors said on Thursday at a press conference: ‘This is not a situation where you have single users, where you have a 19-year-old sipping a beer, where you have someone taking a puff of a joint on the back porch of a frat house.
‘These are hardened drug dealers’.
Police called the operation they ran ‘astonishing’.
Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said at a press conference on Thursday that the case ‘unfolded unlike any other case I have seen’.
He said the suspects all had ‘brazen’ attitudes and that the use of drugs in some of the fraternities was ‘pervasive’.
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Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said at a press conference on Thursday that the case ‘unfolded unlike any other case I have seen’