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Drugs Rampant on Campuses: 'We Have People at Parties Holding up Bags of Coke,' College Student Says

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NYDailyNews: The Columbia drug bust - the latest where students were nabbed for selling dope on a city campus - shows how rampant drugs are at colleges, especially in New York, where it's easier to get them.


"Drug use is everywhere," said New York University grad student, Andrew Dubrov, 26. "It's different from the 1960s, when our parents experimented with drugs ... now it's more practical, part of going to school."

"It's pretty normal," said a 22-year-old senior at Pace University, at the other end of Manhattan from Columbia. "We have people at parties holding up bags of coke and asking 'does anyone want some?'"

Another Pace student, sophomore Andrea Molina, said she's not into drugs, but "it's pretty easy to find those connections. The city has more drugs."

A security official at a local college said the bust wasn't too surprising. "To have five people selling drugs on a college campus anywhere in America is not shocking," the security official said.

But, cops say, drug dealing was big business for the Columbia quintet.

"This was not some kids sitting around smoking pot and listening to music," said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.

"We haven't handled this kind of investigation in my memory," said Brennan, a 20-year veteran. "It's the most extensive dealing on a campus we've had, in terms of volume of drugs and people."

Last year, 121 students were disciplined for having drugs in residence halls at Columbia, the university's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report says.

A law enforcement source says those charged in last week's case do not appear to be users of the marijuana, cocaine or LSD police say they sold to an undercover cop from W. 114th St., Columbia's fraternity row.

Christopher Coles, 20, an anthropology major from Philadelphia, had 1-1/2 pounds of pot in his room when arrested.

Adam Klein, 20, a neuroscience major from New Jersey, had 4 ounces of marijuana, three bottles of LSD and more than $4,000 in cash in his room.

Michael Wymbs, 22, of New Jersey, the son of a Baruch College professor, had Ecstasy and a bottle of LSD, and 40 SweeTART candies laced with LSD.

Harrison David, 20, from Massachusetts, had a half-pound of pot when cops swooped in.

Cops say Jose Stephan Perez, 20, (aka Stephan Vincenzo), a Millenium Scholar from Atlanta, sold Ecstasy and doled out Adderall, a stimulant.

"The Adderall does not surprise us," Brennan said.

The ADD medication is one of the most popular drugs on college campuses, especially at the end of the semester, when students use it for studying for finals.

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