Last Updated - May 06, 2008 10:50 a.m.

Investigation Leads to Multiple Drug Related Arrests

Jack Beresford
San Diego State University

SAN DIEGO (Tuesday, May 6, 2008) — An investigation launched approximately one year ago by San Diego State University has resulted in multiple arrests, announced San Diego State University Police Chief John Browning.

The majority of the arrests took place this morning in the College Area as part of a joint operation led by SDSU Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Related arrests have taken place over the past 12 months. The investigation targeted those suspected of selling illegal drugs to SDSU students.

Some of the defendants will be arraigned in Superior Court downtown today at 1:30 p.m.

“I want to commend the excellent work done by the SDSU Police – who led this investigation,” said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber. “I also want to extend our gratitude to the Drug Enforcement Agency and District Attorney’s Office for their outstanding cooperation and support. The health and safety of our campus community is SDSU’s highest priority; today the university is a safer place because of your work.”

The investigation included an extensive undercover operation.

Among those arrested today are 18 SDSU students. SDSU has suspended each of those students arrested as part of this investigation pending a due-process review. Those living in campus-managed housing have been evicted.

“SDSU will continue to do what is necessary – through both enforcement and education – to encourage our students to make the responsible choices to ensure the health and safety of our campus community,” said Weber.

Evidence seized thus far includes an undisclosed amount of marijuana, cocaine, hydroponic marijuana plants, ecstasy pills, psilocybin (mushrooms), vials, hash oil, methamphetamine, various prescription drugs, one shotgun, three semi-automatic pistols, three brass knuckles and at least $60,000 in cash.

Other law enforcement agencies contributing officers to today’s arrests included CSU San Marcos Police and CSU San Bernardino.

To provide updated information on the investigation and arrests, SDSU has established a special Web site for students, parents, faculty/staff and members of the public at San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since it was founded in 1897, the university has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 81 areas, master's degrees in 73 areas and doctorates in 16 areas. SDSU's more than 34,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. For more information, visit


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