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U of I Police Arrest 7 After Massive Drug Bust at Campus Fraternity

Updated: Monday, May 12 2014, 11:51 AM CDT

CAMPUSTOWN -- U of I Police Captain Roy Acree says, "It feels good. Our officers, especially our narcotics guys did a fantastic job like they always do."

Cocaine. Ecstasy. LSD. Now off the streets after a late-night raid by University of Illinois Police. More than 400 doses of hardcore drugs were found in two locations connected to the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Police say a big campus poses unique challenges. Acree says, "We know that there's drugs, everyone knows there are drugs out there. There is some drug activity that slips through the cracks because we just don't have the time or the manpower."

Narcotics units had been tracking the fraternity for some time, gathering information and building their case. As the end of the semester approached, it was time to move in. Thursday night they searched the fraternity house on Armory street, and the Lambda Chi Alpha senior house just a few blocks away.

Acree wasn't surprised by what they found. "Cannabis is by far the largest drug used on campus, and MDMA is getting up there." Junior Reggie Jansen says, "I haven't run into it. I mean you run into weed every once in a while but I haven't run into any of those hardcore drugs."

7 fraternity members -all U of I students- were arrested and charged with drug crimes, many of them felonies. Jansen says, "I know people in the fraternity, and it sucks for them." With just a week to go before graduation, all arrested will face severe disciplinary measures from the University, in addition to whatever they'll face in court.

For now, Acree says it's a job well done, with still more work to do. "We have to survive with what we have, and they do a great job for the small amount of people they have working in these units."

U of I Police Arrest 7 After Massive Drug Bust at Campus Fraternity


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