Search Warrants Executed, Arrests Made and Drugs Seized in TKE Investigation
By Margaret Chantung
In coordination with local and county law enforcement, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Police Department investigators executed two search warrants and arrested two individuals as part of an on-going criminal investigation of unaffiliated fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) and its CSUSM student members.
In August, the University initiated administrative and criminal investigations of a report of a sexual assault that occurred in May at an off-campus party hosted by TKE. The University has also received additional reports of sexual assaults and other criminal activities including, but not limited to, pervasive hazing, victim/witness intimidation, vandalism, providing illegal drugs and alcohol to minors, and use/sales of illegal drugs including marijuana, MDMA (mollies), LSD, cocaine, prescription narcotics and Xanax (bars).
At about 8 a.m. Thursday, police executed two search warrants at a home located in San Marcos and a home located in Oceanside. During the searches, police seized evidence and property pursuant to the search warrants which will assist in the furtherance of the investigation. Included with the evidence seized were:
- Substantial amount of marijuana
- Illegal prescription drugs
- Human Growth Hormones (steroids)
- Nearly $1,000 in cash
Arrested were Brandon Polonia (age 21) and Corey Hobbs (age 24). These individuals were transported to the Vista Detention Facility. Both are CSUSM students.
In investigating the reported criminal activity and preparing and executing the search warrants, the UPD worked in extensive cooperation with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, the San Diego County Probation Department, the Oceanside Police Department and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. The investigation is on-going.
If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation please contact University Police at (760) 750-4567 or the University’s SAFE hotline at 760-750-SAFE. If you wish, you may report anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers (888) 580-8477.
CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT: CSUSM students and employees who are victims of any form of sexual harassment or assault are strongly encouraged to seek confidential support at CSUSM’s Student Health and Counseling Center, located in Chavez Circle at the intersection of Campus Way and Campus View Drive, (760) 750-4915; office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:45 pm. Off campus, The Center for Community Solutions offers a 24-Hour toll free County-wide crisis line for crisis intervention and information referrals related to sexual assault in San Diego at 1-888-385-4657 (FREE). More information is available at http://www.ccssd.org/. Reporting to a confidential counselor or sexual assault advocate WILL NOT RESULT IN A REPORT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR THE UNIVERSITY. These counseling professionals are required by law to keep your identity and information confidential.
REPORTING TO THE UNIVERSITY: We also encourage victims and witnesses to report sexual misconduct to the university’s Title IX Coordinator, who can help provide resources, support and remedies, as well as determine whether the university needs to take further action to make victims, witnesses, and the rest of the campus community safe, and to take steps to prevent a reoccurrence and eliminate sexual misconduct. Please contact Dr. Bridget Blanshan, CSUSM Title IX Coordinator: (760) 750-4056 or http://www.csusm.edu/title9/. Information about Victim Rights and Options can also be found on the university’s Title IX website: http://www.csusm.edu/title9/.