Columbia U. student drug suspects due in NY court

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Posted: Jul 19, 2011 2:32 AM
Columbia U. student drug suspects due in NY court

Five Columbia University students arrested in a crackdown on drug dealing on the Ivy League campus are due in court as many of them try to persuade a judge to send them to drug-abuse treatment.

All five students are due in court Tuesday. All but one told a court last month they're interested in a program that could get the charges dismissed or lowered to misdemeanors if they succeed in treatment.

They're expected to file paperwork arguing for them to get the consideration. The fifth student faces more serious charges related to selling cocaine. He's been offered a plea deal entailing a year in prison.

Prosecutors say the students sold drugs ranging from marijuana to LSD-spiked candy out of dorms and fraternity houses. All have pleaded not guilty.