Students at three different North Carolina universities have been arrested following a two-year investigation. Authorities believe that 21 people were involved in a drug ring that stretched across the three campuses. Drug charges like these are quite serious and can alter the course of a person’s future. Future employment, education and other opportunities are often on the line in situations such as this.
Many of the involved students were members of fraternities, including one Duke University student who was accused of distributing cocaine to his fellow fraternity members. Another pair of students attending Appalachian State University were also accused of distributing cocaine in addition to LSD. Students and fraternity members attending University of North Carolina were allegedly involved in distributing drugs as well.
Police claim that the students also distributed at least 1,000 pounds of marijuana between 2017 and 2020. Authorities also claim that they distributed hundreds of pounds of other drugs to their fellow fraternity members and university students, including cocaine, LSD and more. Proceeds from these sales supposedly exceeded an estimated $1.5 million.
Youthful indiscretion is practically a feature of the college years, but not all mistakes are treated equally. Those who end up facing drug charges could miss out on much that their futures currently hold. Taking an early, proactive response to these types of criminal charges can be essential to securing the most favorable outcome possible, so accused individuals may find it helpful to reach out to an attorney who is experienced with North Carolina criminal law.