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Number of Texas A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity Members Charged With Drug Crimes Grows

The Texas A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity drug and death scandal continues to grow. The police have charged six more fraternity members as a result of the overdose death of Texas A&M University student Anton Gridnev. The college sophomore was an economics major.

Deadly Frat Party

A Sigma Nu frat party at 550 Fraternity Row turned deadly in the early hours of August 20, 2016. Gridnev, from Frisco, was reportedly enjoying a weekend of partying in celebration of his 19th birthday. Sometime between 4:00 am and 5:00 am, the young student apparently overdosed on a variety of drugs. When other party-goers realized that Gridnev was unconscious and unresponsive, they opted to call the College Station Medical Center for "tips" on what to do for a drug overdose before summoning emergency response via 911.

Drugs and More Drugs

Responding police officers were informed that the victim had ingested a drug cocktail during the party. Upon searching the premises, law enforcement officers found and seized a veritable cornucopia of street drugs and controlled substances:

  • Xanax
  • Adderall
  • MDMA
  • Cocaine
  • Psilocybin Mushrooms
  • Marijuana
  • THC extract
  • Blotter paper with suspect LSD trace

Police found two firearms and cash as well, which they seized with some cell phones.

The Fraternity

The Sigma Nu Frat House has a checkered past. News reports indicate that police have been called to that location 33 times over a three-year period. This includes four 911 call and a sexual assault claim, along with a variety of other allegations. The University has since claimed that Sigma Nu is not a student organization recognized by the school. Though the frat was in the process of seeking recognition. The chapter is now suspended.

The Charges

The party, emergency call, and ensuing search and seizure led to the arrest of four members of the Sigma Nu frat shortly after the incident. Two students were charged with marijuana possession, and the other two with possession of a controlled substance. Other party-goers were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

On or around September 16, police announced arrest warrants for six more Sigma Nu members with charges ranging from marijuana possession to the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. These are serious charges that require the counsel of an experienced drug crimes defense lawyer. Even the weed possession carries a maximum 6-month jail sentence. Trafficking and distribution charges carry harsher penalties.

A defense attorney may argue duress, lack of knowledge, or mistake of fact as part of his client's defense strategy. The number of defendants may further complicate the case. In a drug crimes case, it's important that a defendant seek legal counsel right away.

Sources: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Six-More-Texas-AM-Sigma-Nu-Members-Charged-in-Frisco-Teens-Overdose-Death-393742391.html, http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20160828-partygoers-at-texas-am-frat-where-frisco-teen-died-called-hospital-for-overdose-tips-before-calling-911.ece

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