George Mason University drug arrests increase, attributed to concerts

George Mason University officials say on-campus concerts are the main reason for an increase in arrests for drug offenses at the school, WTOP reports.

According to WTOP, GMU counted 120 drug-related arrests on campus in 2010. In 2009, the school recorded only 11 drug arrests and 34 in 2010, the report says.

Mike Lynch, the chief of university police, told WTOP he thinks concerts held at the Patriot Center are the main reason for the increase because they attract large crowds of people from beyond the campus.

Lynch also said another reason for the spike may an increase in the number of students housed on campus, WTOP reports.

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