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Police bust suspected drug ring at Columbia


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Five Columbia University students allegedly gave “higher learning” a whole new meaning when cops busted them Tuesday on charges of running a campus drug ring.

The students at the elite Morningside Heights school are accused of using three frat houses and other on-campus residences to deal cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, Adderall and LSD. The LSD was used to lace Altoids and SweeTarts, authorities said.

“This is no way to work your way through college,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who announced the bust with the city’s special narcotics prosecutor.

Undercover officers made 31 drug purchases since July worth a total $11,000 in the probe they called “Operation Ivy League.”

Police arrested the students — one a former student council leader — in a morning raid where they netted a stockpile of drugs and $2,000 in cash.

Each student “specialized” in one drug and referred each others’ services to customers, police said.

The students arrested were Chris Coles, Harrison David, Adam Klein and Joseph Stephan Perez (also known as Stephan Vincenzo), all age 20, and Michael Wymbs, 22, police said.

A woman who answered the Wymbs family home in Beach Haven, N.J., declined to comment. The others could not be reached.

They were charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal nuisance. Some also were charged with criminal sale of marijuana.

The students were arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday and bail was set at ranges between $75,000 bond and $50,000 cash, and $30,000 bond and $20,000 cash.

University officials said they are “taking this matter very seriously.”

As part of the investigation, police had already arrested the students’ alleged suppliers: Roberto Lagares, of Brooklyn, and Miron Sarzynski and his girlfriend, Megan Asper, of the East Village.

Sarzynski also is accused of trying to kidnap rival cocaine traffickers, police said.

How the students could be accused of peddling drugs in one of the nation’s most prestigious universities shocked students.

One of the fraternity chapters where the drug deals allegedly happened, Psi Upsilon, plans to do its own investigation.

“We would want to know if this is one guy acting on his own or if other members knew,” said Mark Williams, executive director of Psi Upsilon International.

(With Newsday)

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