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State Police Invade Dorms

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Parent Issue
Day
23
Month
April
Year
1973
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"One more picture and you'll drop your camera," said William L. Burns of W.A.N.T. (Washtenaw Area Narcotics Team). The place was 1 5th District Court on the sixth Door of City Hall and the event was a hearing for three U-M students charged with delivery of LSD, hash and marijuana. The charges were brought by undercover nares who infiltrated U-M dorms to promote paranoia and distrust in the university community. The SUN attended the hearing to try to photograph the nares. But the nares didn't have to take the stand as the prosecution backed down and let the three students plead guilty to reduced charges of possession. So the nares hid in a back room and ducked the two SUN photographers. But out in a hallway the SUN photographers later found William L. Burns, who appears to be a W.A.N.T. co-ordinator more than an undercover agent, and also a young long-haired state undercover nare known as Sandy Burns or just as Dave (who apparently was not connected with the dorm husts). The three U-M students are John Foster ol South Quad, Richard Wood of West Quad. and Lanson Carrothers of Bursley. All three students were reportedly busted lor small amounts. The well co-ordinated busts of these people were the first invasión of the dorms by the pólice in almost three years. "We knew nothing about the raids until ihey happened." said Col. Frederiek Davids, head of U-M seeurity. But Davids, former ehiel of the Michigan State Pólice, proved lo be lying when Pólice Chief Walter Krasny admitted, "We had a number of people working closely" with Davids Hght before the raids. "I think they're trying to scare people," iheoried one student.