On August 30, 2011, Harrison David, a 21-year-old student at Columbia University, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation for drug possession and sales.
David and four other students were charged after a five-month investigation police called “Operation Ivy League.” The operation was carried out at Columbia’s Manhattan campus. Undercover officers purchased $11,000 worth of marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and Altoids laced with LSD. Most of the transactions took place in frat house bedrooms and common areas.
David pleaded guilty to his drug charges. The other four students involved refused to take their plea deals. The will return to court in October to fight their charges. The drug ring also led police to the suppliers of the students. Their criminal charges are still pending.
David has been suspended from Columbia and will most likely be expelled after his guilty plea. He will begin his sentence at Rikers Island, where he’s expected to serve three and a half months pending good behavior. The Judge counted the two weeks David was in jail following his arrest as time served. His father refused to bail him out after the arrest, hoping to teach him a lesson.