Students react to drug bust on U of I campus

Champaign -- Seven University of Illinois students were arrested during a drug bust late Thursday night, but law enforcement say it's not the end of their investigation.

Students say where to find drugs is common knowledge around campus.

"It is generally known that if you are looking for drugs on this campus, the Greek system is where to go," said LaDarius DuPree, a junior at the university.

But University of Illinois Police needed more than just rumors to prove that brothers from Lambda Chi Alpha were dealing drugs. After months of investigation, they thought they had what they needed last fall, when the fraternity's on-campus residence and unofficial senior house for the first time.

 "When we did execute two search warrants at the end of October, we do believe that the search warrant for 60 E. Chalmers St. [the off-campus home], that they had had a feeling that we were about to do that," said Sergeant Joseph McCullough, a detective on the case. "So we did not recover any items of evidence at that time."

But this spring, another tip--this time to police--led to a drug bust late Thursday night.

"Out of one room at 209 Armory, we recovered about 40 grams of raw MDMA," said McCullough. "Which is ground down to 1/10th increments to be put into capsules to be sold."

Which would amount to 400 doses of the drug.

At the off-campus house, officers found cocaine and marijuana, along with larger amounts of MDMA and LSD. Seven brothers were arrested, five charged with felonies, and all unsure of their future at the university.

DuPree, who serves as a member of the student disciplinary committee, has seen similar cases play out before.

"They were dismissed from the university," said DuPree.

Before any decisions are final, the university will conduct its own investigation. However, University Police say theirs is far from over.

"We do expect more arrests," said McCullough.

As for the future of the frat, the national organization did not return a request for comment.

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