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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Another Ivy drug bust: Cornell student faces heroin charges

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

On Sunday morning, Ithaca, N.Y. police arrested a 26-year-old woman, who is listed as being a Cornell University student, and charged her with possessing nearly six ounces of heroin that is worth more than $150,000. It was one of the largest seizures in the police department's history, according to The Ithaca Journal.

Kerri Lynn Blakinger was allegedly at a Collegetown hotel with a plastic Tupperware container holding a plastic bag of light brown powder that police say could be cut into about 500 doses of the drug, the paper reported. Cornell officials would not comment to the newspaper because of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

The Cornell Daily Sun reported that Blakinger is a member of the class of 2011, and former Sun staff writer and features editor.

Earlier this month five Columbia University students were charged with allegedly dealing drugs like LSD, coke and pot out of their fraternity houses and dorm rooms. Police called the investigation and bust "Operation Ivy League."

In October, a Georgetown University student and one of his high school friends were charged with allegedly operating a DMT lab in a freshman dorm. Although Georgetown is not an Ivy, the news surprised students at the prestigious D.C. college and made national headlines.

You can read the full Ithaca Journal article, here.

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By Jenna Johnson  | December 21, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags:  Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown  
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Comments

I don't want to quibble, and I've never done heroin, so I don't know the cost, but 500 "doses" for a total value of $150,000 works out to $300 per dose, which seems kind of high -- I just don't see the average smack-head pulling together 300 bucks for a single hit. $30 a "dose" would seem to make more sense, so I don't know if there's a decimal point missing somewhere in the math, or if the Ithaca PD is inflating the "street value" for the publicity factor.

Posted by: klaw009x | December 21, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

It comes down to what I always tell my son- stuff you don't want to get involved in is everywhere, elite colleges to high schools in every neighborhood.
Bottom line is that you choose to get involved, or not. It's up to YOU. Temptation is everywhere.
I sometimes see some of my friends with the perfect kids, and the perfect transcripts, activities and accolades out the ying-yang, and I hope for their sake that their kids are doing the right things. You just never know.

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