Strength in numbers also means arrests in numbers for some students at an Alabama college.
Authorities in Tuscaloosa, Ala., arrested 74 people on Tuesday in a sweeping drug bust, authorities say. The majority of those who were arrested are students at the University of Alabama.
Those arrested will face a total of 183 charges, with many of them being related to the sale and possession of marijuana, according to Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson.
“I know a lot of people consider [marijuana] to be a harmless drug,” Anderson said. “It’s still illegal to possess it, distribute and traffic it in the state of Alabama. Therefore, it’s against the law and we’re going to enforce the law no matter how harmless people think it is.”
More than two dozen of the 74 arrested were picked up on campus and in the residence halls. Others live near the campus.
According to WTVY, the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force has arrested 99 people in all over the course of the two-month investigation. Police also confiscated cocaine, ecstacy, LSD, mushrooms, prescription narcotics and weapons, al.com reports.
UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen told the Tuscaloosa News that after judicial reviews are completed, “students will receive sanctions up to and including expulsion.”
“UA has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the sale or distribution of drugs, on or off campus, and we will continue to vigorously enforce that policy,” UA president Judy Bonner said in a campus-wide email. “These students represent a small group of UA students. UA will review our current policies and practices to ensure that we are doing all we can to educate students to make the best decisions they can and that we are providing an environment that is conducive to learning.”
Well damn! We’re not judging the entire university, but clearly the majority of students are trying to get it poppin’ and get paid. SMH!
SOURCE: Huffington Post