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UNC fraternity landlord ousts Kappa Sigma after 2 members linked to drug trafficking ring

Posted January 12, 2021 4:21 p.m. EST
Updated January 13, 2021 8:32 p.m. EST

— The foundation that owns the house leased by the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has terminated that lease, and the brothers will be forced to find another place to live effective Jan. 18.

The Alpha Mu Housing Foundation, a non-profit corporation which owns the property, will take it over.

Kappa Sigma, Phi Gamma Delta and Beta Theta Pi at UNC were suspended in December, after federal investigators linked those three fraternities to a drug trafficking ring on campus.

UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said at the time that none of the charged individuals were current students.

Twenty-one people face federal drug trafficking charges, and prosecutors said at least 11 of them are believed to be current or former students at Appalachian State University, Duke University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Two of those people were members of the Alpha Mu chapter of Kappa Sigma on the UNC campus.

“Based on the very serious allegations against the Chapter and the actions of the University and Fraternity, the Foundation has no choice but to terminate the Lease, effective immediately,” wrote Benjamin Cone, III, president of the Alpha Mu Housing Foundation, in a letter to the chapter.

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