SDSU Disciplines Frats in Drug Probe

Drug bust resulted in dozens of arrests in May

An expulsion and suspension are handed down to two fraternities at San Diego State University, stemming from a drug investigation in May, school officials said.

Theta Chi has been expelled for three and a half years and Phi Kappa Psi has been suspended for 18 months as a result of an undercover drug investigation from May by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

School officials sent letters, dated Nov. 20 from Vice President of Student Affairs James Kitchen, informing the fraternity presidents of the actions.  The letters cited violations "totally unacceptable and antithetical to the expectations for civil behavior that govern our university."

According to SDSU, Theta Chi's violations were found to be place "students and non-students at risk."  An expulsion includes loss of all privileges and rights afforded to a recognized student organization.

Phi Kappa Psi's suspension restricts the chapter from recruiting, hosting social activities and other activities such as participating in intramural sports. The chapter must continue to follow university and inter-fraternity policies or face expulsion.

Both fraternities have been on interim suspension since the drug-related arrests The arrests are the result of a five-month undercover operation targeting alleged drug dealers and buyers on the SDSU campus, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said evidence seized in the investigation included 4 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of marijuana, 48 marijuana plants, 350 Ecstasy pills, psilocybin mushrooms, 30 vials of hash oil, methamphetamine and various illicit prescription drugs. Agents also seized one shotgun, three semi-automatic pistols, three brass knuckles and $60,000 in cash. 

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