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LIU Post Students Arrested in Campus Drug Bust

Two students are charged with multiple felonies for selling "club drug."

Two students at Long Island University Post campus in Brookville were arrested Tuesday at 10 p.m. for allegedly possessing and selling a quantity of MDMA, or Ecstasy, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

Frank Catalano, 20, of Brooklyn, and Ryan Sloane, 20, of Westbury, were observed selling the substance, police said, and were arrested by the department's Asset Forfeiture Unit.

They are being charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, all felonies.

They will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Wednesday.

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The school issued the following statement: "The university is aware that two students were arrested last evening. The university is cooperating with local law enforcement and is conducting a full review of the allegations. The university does not comment on private student records."

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Joe Correlli September 27, 2012 at 01:01 PM
No surprise here! Anyone who knows these two know they were knuckleheads,trouble makers and disrespectful individuals. How they were not thrown off the baseball team is astonishing. They NEVER contributed and were always a distraction to players who are there to compete. Now they are going to learn a real hard life lesson. Im just thankful no innocent kids were in their room when this went down. That could change peoples lives.
Erin Foster September 27, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I strongly disagree with you Joe. Any who REALLY knows these boys know that they are both hardworking, smart kids that would do anything for people close to them. Yes they may not seem smart because they were selling drugs, but they are 20-year-old college kids that were trying to make extra money just like every other college kid in the world. Before this they both had clean records, were great baseball players, and all around good kids. They are not typical dirt bag drug dealers. They are kids that got sucked into they want to make money and the only one to blame for this is all of society, who constantly tells us how we will always need more money and even when we think we have enough we are told that we need more money. Yes they got caught with MDMA and marijuana, but really marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the US with roughly 100 million Americans admitting to smoking marijuana. Stop acting like they were killing people or doing such a harmful thing.
Erin Foster September 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Yes MDMA is a more serious drug but it is also the latest phenomenon among college kids, so they boys saw it as an opportunity to cater to these kids needs. Most kids obviously don't see either of these drugs to be terrible if so many are doing it and Ryan and Frank only wanted their friends among others to have a good time. Their intentions were good even though it may not seem that way. We live in a generation where a plant that harms no body is illegal, and selling it seems to be the worst thing in the world, so people who distribute it go to jail for an absurd amount of time, yet people who are arrested for attempt murder or pedophiles get off with a lower sentence. What the boys did was wrong but I think they are being criticized way to harshly. They are good boys who get good grades, have played on baseball teams their whole lives, and stayed out of trouble. They ALWAYS go out of their way to help people and are good-hearted kids who made a foolish mistake that unfortunately now could potentially ruin their lives.
Erin Foster September 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I know for a fact that if given a second chance they would show everyone how good of kids they really are. I'm sure they would do anything they could to take what they did back but unfortunately the world doesn't work like that. I just wish they judge knew these boys before they were caught because he would see how nice and well bought up these boys really are, rather then labeling them as drug dealer and giving them a bad rap.
sadeto September 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM
They were dealing drugs. That makes them drug dealers. And nobody gave them a bad rap,they earned it. And at the age of 20 I'm sorry but they no longer qualify as "kids" under the law.
Erin Foster September 27, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I understand, but what I'm saying is that they are good people, not dirt bags like Joe, or anyone for that matter, was making them out to be. And the only thing i meant by the comment of having a bad rap is that yes obviously they are going to come across as bad people for selling drugs, however I still find it disgusting that these boys will be sentenced with more time or higher expenses to pay than someone who has done a worse crime. I think it is unlawful and unjust that in America, "the place of opportunity," there are people pretty much getting away with murder and are able to continue to go about their lives as if nothing happened and these boys are going to be slapped with a maximum sentence and have their opportunities taken away from them. Also stop being so harsh and try to remember when you were 20, are the choices you made then the same as you would make now? I can guarantee they weren't. People make mistakes, and are sometimes blinded to what is right and wrong by things like money, but no one is perfect so take a step off the pedestal you've placed yourself on because just like them you've screwed up in life before too. But ridiculing and bashing them won't make you any better of a person then they are. Who are you to comment about what kind of person either of these boys are, when you don't know them. They're not perfect, but neither are you. Think about that the next time you go and judge people when you have no idea what their story is.
George Mulligan September 27, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Erin Foster. are you kidding? "The only one to blame for this is all of society." That is the dumbest statement I have read on The Patch in two years. There would be no crime in America if society were to blame for all the ills. College "kids" should know better. You are supposed to be smart to get into a college. And if you are caught dealing drugs you pay the consequences. If they needed money they could have found a job at McDonalds. Burger King, PC Richards or any of the other business establishments close to the CW Post Campus.
Erin Foster September 27, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I agree when you are caught doing something wrong you pay the consequences, however, I think that we live in a world where society is to blame for many of peoples decision making skills. Everyone knows that the more money you have the more the more power you hold. We see everyday of how millionaires and people with money can easily screw innocent people out of jobs, homes, etc., and how they can steal all this money or embezzle it and they are not punished nearly as harshly as they should be. I was simply stating how screwed up society is and how amazing it is that people can get away with much more than the should. Obviously hearing about two 20-year-olds selling drugs is bad but why should they be punished so much more harshly than 50-year-old men that can steal money and ultimately lives who get off so much easier. Its seems ass backwards to me because these boys can turn their lives around and become successful and have families and do good, but the 50-year-old men will continue to steal money or do wrong, and over and over agin the corrupt men will get off easy and the boys will have it the hardest. And as for making money I'm sure a salary at McDonalds will pay tuition at a school like CW Post. People do what they do for a reason because they need the money. They may not necessarily be proud of it but almost all people will do anything if it comes down to it. Especially when its related to money.
George Mulligan September 27, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Erin, when I suggested these young men get a legal job, I was thinking about making some spending money. I wasn't suggesting a part time job would cover the full tuition at CW Post. In fact, if their business netted the $30,000 or more that it might cost to attend college for a year, it would be more than a small matter. If the only way they could afford to attend college was to sell drugs, something is very wrong. These "boys" are the ones who seem to have things backward.
Erin Foster September 27, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Theres clearly no getting through. I'm sorry my world isn't a perfect place like your world is. And you should know people will do anything for money especially when its for their education. Sorry that they're the first people to make a mistake, but it wasn't done in any means to offend anyone or hurt anyone. So people need to stop making them out to be the worst people in the world. Yes they were wrong but its no ones business but their own, I'm sure they're dealing with enough that they don't need people bad mouthing them and acting as if they're the worst people in the world. The are much worse things going on in the world that people should be concerned with. And besides don't we teach children not to gossip, you people are worse than 15-year-old high school girls. Really, grow up!
George Mulligan September 27, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Erin, you are getting through, but we disagree. As far as i'm concerned we've beat this issue to death. No more comments from me.
Micah Danney (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Interesting input nonetheless, and a worthwhile conversation at a time when our legal system's "war on drugs" is being increasingly scrutinized. Thank you all for your comments.
tj December 05, 2012 at 11:20 PM
this has been going on for a good 20 years on every single college campus...massive amount of X.....and every other drug.....massive amounts.....some get caught,,,some dont...some are good people...... some are bad......but there are simple laws that should treat them like everyone else....I say no jail time....probably a big fine and 4 years probation....and most likely kicked out of school.....

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