Indicted Columbia Student Pleads Guilty to Dealiing Cocaine

By Kenneth Garger 07/20/11
21-year-old Harrison David faces prison term, while four co-defendants in the high-profile case plan an addiction defense.
Harrison David, far right.
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Harrison David, one of the five Ivy League students busted last December for selling drugs from the New York City campus, pleaded guilty yesterday and now faces up to 6 months in prison. The 20-year-old David, who was the main target of “Operation Ivy League,” admitted to selling cocaine to undercover police a year ago, according to the New York Times. Along with cocaine, the students also dealt LSD, weed, and Ecstasy. David, whose sentence at Rikers Island will begin August 30, is due to serve five years probation after his release. Lawyers for the four other students involved in the drug ring are seeking drug rehabilitation terms rather than prison, claiming the students were all addicted to the drugs. If the motions on file are approved, it could lead to the dismissal of all charges against them.

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