UC Santa Cruz Students Arrested In Alleged Drug Ring

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The suspects were identified as Mariah Dremel, Benny Liu, Cesar Casil, Nathan Tieu, Hoai Nguyen and Cecilia Le, all students at UC Santa Cruz, and all affiliated with the Alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority or Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity. They were all arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Dremel, Liu, Casil and Tieu are also suspected of conspiracy, according to police.

In a statement, the Santa Cruz Police Department said, “Over the past few weeks, the Santa Cruz Police Department became aware of several packages of MDMA tablets being shipped through the US Postal Service. The packages were shipped from overseas and were bound for three addresses in the city of Santa Cruz. The investigation revealed that the illegal drug MDMA known by its street names as Ecstasy, or Molly was being imported and shipped to a number of students at Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity and alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority members.”

Following the delivery of shipments at the three residences on Friday, local and federal law enforcement officials executed search warrants and a second large shipment of the MDMA was intercepted by Homeland Security.