A major drug bust is rocking Texas Christian University today, after 17 students were arrested on campus this morning. The invesitgation has apparently been underway for quite some time, as Fort Worth police conducted a six-month undercover operation to pinpoint individuals involved in selling illegal substances.
The drugs the students are accused of pedaling include cocaine, marijuana, "molly" (powered ecstasy), ecstasy pills and prescription drugs.
"There's no doubt all arrested today are drug dealers," explained TCU Police Chief Steven McGee. "These students engaged in hand-to-hand delivery with undercover officers."
Among those arrested were four football players -- Tanner Brock (linebacker), D.J. Yendry (defensive lineman), Tyler Horn (offensive tackle) and cornerback Devin Johnson, according to Fort Worth police documents. These players, along with the other 13 individuals detained -- some of whom lived on campus -- are all subject to immediate expulsion, according to KDFW-TV.
"I expect our student-athletes to serve as ambassadors for the university and will not tolerate behavior that reflects poorly on TCU, the athletics department, our teams or other student-athletes within the department," said athletic director Chris Del Conte. "Our student-athletes are a microcosm of society and unfortunately that means some of our players reflect a culture that glorifies drugs and drug use. That mindset is not reflected by TCU nor will it be allowed within athletics."
"We have a responsibility to ensure that our campus environment is healthy and safe," said the school's chancellor, Victor Boschini, Jr. "I want to make it loud and clear to everybody that if you want to do this kind of thing, you can't go to TCU."
Boschini addressed these issues during a press conference:
While the university is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination, the student body comes from a diverse set of faith backgrounds. According to its web site, "TCU’s covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) supports an approach to education that brings together faith, reason and intellectual curiosity."