Investigators Release More Details On Columbia Drug Bust
By Leslie Albrecht
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — Investigators released more details Friday on the five-month undercover investigation that snared five Columbia University students in a drug bust.
The Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor released documents that reveal the exact dates, times and locations where undercover officers bought marijuana, LSD, cocaine and other drugs from the Columbia students, starting with a July 29 purchase at the West 113th Street apartment of Harrison David.
David, 20, is still behind bars at the Manhattan Detention Center because his father won't pay his bail, he told the Daily News.
His arrested classmates — Chris Coles, Adam Klein, Jose Perez, all 20, and Michael Wymbs, 22 — were bailed out.
Undercover officers bought drugs from the students about once a week, the documents show. Their evidence against the students includes Ziploc bags filled with cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and Adderall pills.
The last sale took place on Nov. 30 inside David's West 114th Street Alpha Epsilon Pi frat house, documents show.
A week later, investigators made their move. All five students were arrested almost simultaneously on the morning of Dec. 7, with officers taking them into custody between 6:10 a.m. and 6:20 a.m.
The details of the search warrants show exactly what investigators found in each student's room. In David's case, officers found two cell phones, a glass jar containing marijuana, a scale with marijuana residue, one ecstasy pill and $789 in cash.
Officers also found a Citibank loan statement with David's name and address on it. Investigators declined to comment on whether the loan was for tuition.
David told police when he was arrested, "Why do you think I have to do this sh-t? (My father) won't pay my tuition."
David, Perez and Wymbs are due in court January 18. No court dates are listed for Coles and Klein on the Department of Corrections website.