The cooperating defendant said he felt safe selling to the fraternity member, Charles Poindexter, because most of the sales took place in the fraternity house, behind closed doors. Drugs were sold for frat parties — with bigger parties requiring more drugs, prosecutors said.

Mr. Poindexter, 23, told investigators that he had bought cocaine, marijuana and MDMA, known as Molly, from the cooperating defendant. And he said that all 22 members of his fraternity pledge class “went in” to buy an ounce of cocaine for spring break in his sophomore year, Mr. Martin’s office said.

Mr. Poindexter was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug felony, and distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a public or private college or university. A graduate of U.N.C., he has not yet entered a plea but has “great remorse for his actions,” according to his lawyer, David B. Freedman.

“Mr. Poindexter comes from a great family,” Mr. Freedman said. “He has been very cooperative with the process. Unfortunately, when kids go off to college, they live in a bubble, and don’t realize there are real-life consequences to their actions.”

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, the chancellor of U.N.C. Chapel Hill, said the university was “extremely disappointed to learn of these alleged actions on our campus.”

“The university is committed to working with law enforcement to fully understand the involvement of any university individuals or organizations so that disciplinary action can be taken,” he said in a statement. “Although none of the individuals named today are currently enrolled students, we will remain vigilant and continue to work with our law enforcement partners to identify and address any illegal drug use on our campus.”

Phi Gamma Delta said in a statement that it was “disheartening to learn of the allegations involving our chapter and members at the University of North Carolina.”



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