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Fraternity party ends in drug charges and student's death

A college party ended in the arrest of four students from Texas A&M and the death of one other. The arrests do not appear to be related to the death of the student. Instead, they are centered on various drug charges. The student's cause of death has still yet to be determined.

According to police, the party took place at the fraternity house for Sigma Nu. At least one person at the party noticed an unresponsive 19-year-old student and called the police, alerting them to the situation at shortly before 5 in the morning. Police say that the party was still going on when they arrived a short while later. They were unable to resuscitate the student, and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

During this incident, police allegedly noticed illegal narcotics located within the fraternity home, and they returned later with a search warrant. This led to the arrest of four students and citations for three others. Those arrested range in age from 18 to 21 years old and face a variety of charges, including marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance, although these vary from student to student.

Marijuana possession can carry a $2,000 fine and a jail sentence of 180 days if convicted, while possession of a controlled substance has a maximum jail sentence of two years. Such significant consequences for drug charges can do more than just derail their education; they can also have lifelong consequences of limited job opportunities. Minimizing these types of impacts is a primary goal for many defendants in Texas, and this can usually be accomplished through either a favorable plea deal or fighting the charges throughout the entirety of trial court proceedings.

Source: NBC DFW, "Frisco Texas A&M Student Dies During Sigma Nu Fraternity Party, 4 Arrested on Drug Charges: Police", Frank Heinz, Aug. 20, 2016

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