PULLMAN – Police arrested a 21-year-old Washington State University honor student suspected of dealing cocaine to an informant behind her sorority’s house near campus.
Investigators outfitted the informant with a body wire to catch Sierra M. Windsor, a pre-medicine student in WSU’s Honors College, behind the Sigma Kappa sorority, according to court documents.
She was released from the Whitman County Jail following a Thursday court hearing.
Following the arrest, the Associated Students of WSU issued a lengthy statement addressing growing concerns about cocaine use on campus. Though it noted a problem, it also stressed that cocaine use at WSU is not a “social norm.”
“We recognize that this problem is becoming more and more apparent on our campus and is in no way isolated to one group or type of student,” the president of the group, Kyle Geiger, said in the statement.
The monthlong investigation into the Pullman drug trade by the Quad Cities Drug Task Force had been fueled by the informant, who had earlier been arrested on drug charges.
In mid-January, the informant reported Windsor was a cocaine dealer.
Detectives arranged a deal with Windsor, who got into a car with the informant and was recorded mentioning her involvement with the sorority. She also mentioned her supplier had recently moved away, according to court documents.
Windsor gave the informant a bag of a white powdery substance that later tested positive for cocaine, court records say. She gave the informant another bag at a later meeting.
Windsor is originally from Hood River, Oregon. She is listed as Sigma Kappa’s vice president of membership.
A message left for Windsor was not returned.
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