On Nov. 7, a student was taken into police custody in connection with an investigation that is ongoing at Florida State University in Tallahassee. According to media sources, the 22-year-old man is being held at the Leon County Detention Facility on suspicion of selling cocaine. Preliminary reports indicate that bond has been set at $25,000.
A member of FSU’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, the student is the second fraternity member to face drug charges following the death of a 20-year-old pledge at a residence off campus. On Nov. 6, a 20-year-old member of Phi Delta Theta was detained on allegations of trafficking and selling cocaine. News sources report that FSU officials have indefinitely suspended all of the university’s sororities and fraternities in the aftermath of the incidents. Authorities have not yet officially confirmed the cause of death in the pledge’s demise.
In connection with the later arrest, a confidential informant reportedly purchased cocaine from the detained Pi Kappa Phi member in September 2017. After warrants were signed on Nov. 7, the fraternity member was taken into custody in the 700 block of Gaines Street.
In Florida, drug crimes carry serious penalties upon conviction, but a recent federal ruling could benefit some individuals who find themselves facing drug charges. Dependent upon the circumstances surrounding each case, a criminal defense attorney may be able to have a client’s current charges reduced or dismissed and any previous drug convictions reviewed for reduction. To that end, affected parties may find it beneficial to discuss their specific situations and options with the attorney without undue delay.
Source: WCTV, “Second FSU fraternity member arrested on cocaine charge Second FSU fraternity member arrested on cocaine charge,” Amy Robinson, 11/07/2017
Source: WCTV, “Tallahassee Police provide update on death of FSU student,” Amy Robinson, 11/06/2017