Honor student funded college with coke

May 2, 2008 5:40:07 AM PDT
Police say a straight-A business student at Penn State-Altoona told them he has been selling cocaine to finance his college education. Twenty-year-old Michael Conforti, of Hackettstown, N.J., was charged in the aftermath of a sweep last month by the Blair County Drug Task Force and Logan Township police. He was originally charged with three drug deals involving a confidential informant but on Thursday authorities added charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police based those charges on drugs, nearly $3,500 in cash and other items they say they found at Conforti's residence. Police say Conforti told them he sold drugs because his mother's poor credit rating kept him from getting student loans.

Conforti's public defender isn't commenting on the charges.


Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com