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Christopher Coles Diverted To Treatment

Christopher Coles, one of the students arrested last year in Operation Ivy League, was granted a diversion to treatment earlier today, according to DNAinfo. Instead of receiving probation or jail time, Coles will complete a one-year drug treatment course. Perhaps most importantly, he will not have a felony charge on his criminal record when he completes the treatment.

A diversion to treatment is meant as an alternative to a felony conviction and jail time for drug offenders who sell drugs primarily to fund their own addiction, not just to make money. Coles recognized he had a crushing addiction and sold drugs to support it, argued his lawyer, Marc Agnifilo. “He contacted Columbia University on his own without knowing that he was going to be arrested a month later and said, ‘I have a problem with marijuana. I want to stop smoking. My life is falling apart. My parents are not supporting me, they’re disowning me,'” Agnifilo argued in court, before telling the New York Post, “I think he was high most of his waking hours.” Agnifilo’s argument convinced the judge, who approved Coles’ diversion to treatment and invited him back to court on December 20th to work out the details of his treatment plan.

Coles’ co-defendants also applied for diversions to treatment earlier this year, but did not receive them. In August, Harrison David was sentenced to 3 months in jail and 5 years of probation, and last week, Michael Wymbs received five years of probation. Cases against the last two defendants, Jose Stephen Perez and Adam Klein, are still pending at this time.

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9 Comments

  • halle says:

    @halle lujah!! smoke one!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Chris is a cool guy. Sorry he had to go through this big ordeal.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous “His parents, who have supported him since his arrest, may have to pay as much as $40,000 for the program.”

      Still cheaper than tuition!

  • cc says:

    @cc I am soooo happy for Chris!!!!! Wohooooo he deserved this. I hope he can continue on with his education.

  • REALLY THOUGH says:

    @REALLY THOUGH I love Chris Coles, but that dude was high all the time. Like, all the time.

  • wait, what? says:

    @wait, what? i thought weed wasnt addictive?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Physically, no. But mentally, yes, it can be addicting. Meaning that certain daily triggers or routines can make someone really wunna hit that joint. Like someone who doesn’t want to go to class without smoking, or who doesn’t wanna go to work without smoking, or doesn’t want to fall asleep without smoking.. etc. But physically, that person would be completely ok if he/she were to skip that joint. They’d probably just be freaking out about it in their head. As for a meth addict, they would probably show some serious and extreme physical withdrawal symptoms.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Can’t help but wonder, does this mean he can return to Columbia?

  • jas says:

    @jas thank GOD. yayy for Chris =)

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