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Undercover sting leads to drug arrests of Alabama students.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- A month-long undercover investigation led to the arrest of ten University of Alabama students and one Shelton State Community College student on felony drug charges.

Tuscaloosa Police Lt. Steven Anderson said the arrests on took place after drugs were purchased and seized from the students during the investigation by the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force.

Anderson said the drugs involved were cocaine, marijuana, OxyContin, steroids and various prescription medications.

Anderson said none of the drugs were sold on the two school campuses, and none of the arrests happened at the schools.

The case is still under investigation, and Anderson said there could be more arrests.

In a statement, UA President Robert Witt said the university has a zero tolerance policy on drug use and distribution both on and off campus.

Witt said that any UA student involved with drugs is subject to immediate suspension and could be expelled after a disciplinary review.

Attorney Joel Sogol, representing several of the students, said these students are entitled to due process before being suspended.

"Most of these students will not be able to take exams that start in two weeks and they will lose a semester," he said.
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Publication:Community College Week
Date:May 7, 2007
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