Narcotics task force looks into drug use on Ole Miss campus

By Cynthia M. Jeffries

Daily Journal

OXFORD – The Lafayette County Vice Narcotics Task Force is investigating Ole Miss as a possible gateway for importing illegal Mexican drugs into Lafayette County.

The task force’s investigation stems from what authorities term a rash of arrests within the last year of college-age students in possession of Rohypnol, also known as Mexican Quaaludes, and Valium.

“I don’t know the reason for it É but we are seeing a big influx of Mexican prescription drugs,” said Scott Mills, commander of the narcotics unit.

Last week, University of Mississippi student Robert Eugene Salmons, 20, of Houston, Texas, was arrested and charged with selling a controlled substance. He is free under a $5,000 bond.

Though Salmons is a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, Mills said he is not singling out that fraternity. He said he is looking at all fraternities and sororities and college-age persons as a whole.

Mills did not know an exact number of college students who have been arrested on drug charges, but said the numbers “seems to have gone through the roof.” He expects to have a report on the number of arrests prepared in about two weeks.

Mills said he has noticed more people between the ages of 18 to 25 are being arrested. A majority of those are Ole Miss students who have drugs like Quaaludes, Valium, Xanax and LSD, the popular social drug of the ’70s.

Mills said he expects the drug use and trafficking to increase after spring break next week. Cancuun, Mexico, is a popular place for college students to go on spring break.

Mills said Salmons allegedly traveled to Mexico, saw a Mexican doctor, and obtained a false prescription for several drugs known as “Mexican Quaaludes.”

The pills are sold for $2 to $8 each, depending on the kind.

Sparky Reardon, assistant dean of students at the University of Mississippi, said the school deals with drugs and drug use through regular classes and seminars on the dangers of drugs. Reardon said he is working with the Kappa Sigma chapter to try to determine if the recent arrest was an individual act or an act involving the chapter as a whole.

“If we have one students using drugs, then, yes, we have a problem,” Reardon said.

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