96 Arrested in San Diego State Drug Bust

75 students involved, with heavy fraternity presence, DEA says
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 5:09 PM CDT
A graphic made up by the San Diego county district attorney's office is mounted behind guns and drugs seized during the arrest of 96 people on drug charges at a news conference held in San Diego Tuesday,...   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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(Newser) – Ninety-six people were arrested today in a massive drug bust at San Diego State University. Seventy-five of those nabbed were students, many of them studying for criminal-justice or homeland-security degrees, CNN reports. Cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy were being dealt, largely by fraternity members, during a 5-month undercover DEA operation, the agency said.

The operation, code-named Sudden Fall, was launched when a student died of a cocaine overdose a year ago, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. “A sad commentary is that when one of these individuals was arrested, he inquired as to whether or not his arrest and incarceration would have an effect on his becoming a federal law enforcement officer," said a DEA agent.