Cal Poly fraternity member arrested for drugs in connection with August robbery

Sep 4, 2014

The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house on California Boulevard, near the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo.
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The San Luis Obispo Police Department confirmed Thursday that drugs played a role in the August 10 armed robbery at the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house on California Boulevard.

Investigators say they were able to determine narcotics were being stored, distributed and sold from within the fraternity house before and after the robbery.

“Today’s search warrant and subsequent arrest goes beyond the sale of marijuana," said Chief Gessell in a statement to the media. "Drugs were a variable that precipitated an armed robbery attempt that put multiple lives at significant risk and resulted in the injury our officers; officers that were willing to risk their own lives to protect the residents of this Fraternity."

Delta Sigma Phi fraternity member Gear McMillan
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The chief says it's disturbing that some of those very same people denied culpability and brazenly continued to sell drugs. 

Former chapter president Gear McMillan, who was also a resident of the house, was arrested and booked into county jail on charges of possessing marijuana for sales and possession of a controlled substance in the form of non-prescription medication, according to police.

Five Cal Poly football players were arrested in connection with that incident and are expected back in court later this month.