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San Diego State drug bust

San Diego County Deputy Dist. Atty. Damon Mosler, at lectern, chief of the district attorney’s narcotics division, points to the guns and drugs seized during the arrest of 96 people, including 75 students at San Diego State, on drug charges after an extensive undercover investigation called Operation Sudden Fall. (Dennis Poroy / Associated Press)
Law enforcement officials prepare to leave the parking lot at San Diego State’s Cox Arena, where those arrested on various drug and weapons charges were processed before being taken to jail. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Several members of the Theta Chi fraternity, whose house is on the San Diego State campus, were among those arrested in the drug investigation. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration said a Theta Chi member sent out a mass text message to “faithful customers,” saying that he was traveling to Las Vegas and would not be able to make his normal cocaine sales. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
A San Diego County sheriff’s deputy watches a young man in arm restraints board a Sheriff’s Department bus in the basement of San Diego State’s Cox Arena, where the suspects were processed before being taken to jail. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Marijuana, most of it grown locally, was seized by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in addition to cocaine, methamphetamine and Ecstasy. Undercover agents who infiltrated San Diego State’s fraternity houses said they found evidence of widespread drug-dealing. The investigation began a year ago after an overdose by a female student on campus. (Drug Enforcement Administration)
A graphic by the San Diego County district attorney’s office, displayed at a news conference along with evidence seized in the investigation, shows how an alleged drug dealer used cellphone text messaging to communicate with his “faithful customers.” Seventy-five San Diego State students, including many business or criminal justice majors, and 21 nonstudents were arrested. The 19-year-old alleged ringleader had been praised in a university publication as a model student. (Dennis Poroy / Associated Press)
Students walk between classes on the campus at San Diego State, where dozens of students were arrested on drug charges after an undercover investigation that centered on fraternity row’s freewheeling party atmosphere. “This operation shows how accessible and pervasive illegal drugs continue to be on our college campuses and how common it is for students to be selling to other students,” said San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)