Tuesday, June 21, 2011
NY: Columbia Drug Ring Case
New York prosecutors are offering no-jail plea deals to four of the five Columbia University students charged with selling LSD-spiked candy and other drugs on the Ivy League campus.
The city Special Narcotics Prosecutor's office said Tuesday it would agree to probation if the four pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from their December arrests.
Prosecutors want a year in prison for the fifth student, Harrison David, who faces the most serious charges related to cocaine sales.
None of the students accepted the offers Tuesday. All but David are seeking what's known as "diversion" to drug-abuse treatment.
Under that plan, they could get the charges dismissed or lowered to misdemeanors if they succeed in treatment. Prosecutors object to diversion for them.
Prosecutors say some of the students claimed they needed the drug money to cover tuition.