Some West Alabama lawbreakers had a rude awakening Tuesday morning after several local law enforcement agencies participated in a warrant roundup.
The two-month investigation that lead to today's round up began after officers arrested 15 people on drug charges. Those suspects became informants for authorities, helping lead to Tuesday's 74 arrests. The roundup began at 4 a.m. Tuesday at took about nine hours.
Many of the 183 charges involved buying or selling marijuana but officials also say they seized cocaine, LSD, ecstasy and mushrooms.
Authorities say that the majority of those arrested are University of Alabama students and there were cases of drugs being bought or sold on campus.
University of Alabama President Judy Bonner released the following statement concerning the arrests:
Early this morning, the local multi-agency drug enforcement task force concluded investigations that resulted in search and arrest warrants being served on and off the UA campus. UAPD, which is a participating agency with the task force, assisted with the investigations and arrests.
The students who were arrested will be referred to Judicial Affairs. Once judicial reviews are completed, students will receive sanctions up to and including expulsion. UA has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the sale or distribution of drugs, on or off campus, and we will continue to vigorously enforce that policy.
These students represent a small group of UA students. UA will review our current policies and practices to ensure that we are doing all we can to educate students to make the best decisions they can and that we are providing an environment that is conducive to learning. Students must understand that they have a choice when it comes to their behavior, and that their decision to violate drug laws and the Student Code of Conduct will have consequences.
One of our top priorities at The University of Alabama is the security and well-being of our students. We invest significant time and resources in a three-pronged approach that focuses on education, environment and enforcement. And, our commitment to student safety and well-being extends beyond the geographic boundaries of our campus. The University is extremely disappointed when students make choices about substance abuse that can have such a significant and negative impact on their lives and others, including their families, their friends, other students and this University.
I can assure you that we will continue to work diligently with students and parents to effectively address the national problem of substance abuse on our campus and in our community. Please know that I am committed to making sure that students have the information they need to make good decisions. And, that I am committed to leading the way for every student who chooses to be successful in his/her academic and personal endeavors. Together, we will focus on the highest possible ethical, moral and legal standards.
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