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Student Sent To Rehab In Columbia University Drug Ring Case

NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880) - A Columbia University student who sold marijuana as part of a campus drug-dealing ring is beginning about a year of drug treatment that could get his charges dismissed.

WCBS 880's Irene Cornell On The Case


Christopher Coles pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling more than a pound of marijuana to an undercover officer and steering the officer to another student to buy the stimulant Adderall. But Coles will be allowed to withdraw the plea, and the case will be dismissed, if he succeeds in inpatient rehabilitation.

Defense lawyer Marc Agnifilo says Coles sold pot to feed his own habit and is serious about treatment.

Prosecutors said Coles was motivated by profit, not addiction. But a judge approved the treatment plan.

Three other students have pleaded guilty to various charges. A fifth student has pleaded not guilty.

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