A California college student was charged with allegedly creating a phone app that sold drugs, officials said.
Collin Howard, 18, was arrested on charges of substance abuse on Friday after a large panel of judges accused him on Thursday, the US Attorney for the Northern District of California said in a press release.
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A freshman at the University of California In Santa Cruz, Howard supposedly created an app called the "Banana Plug" that runs on the Apple App Store under the slogan "We have what you want".
Through the app, the student offered to sell cocaine. "Molly" and "Shrooms," and also offered the customer special requests.
A police officer from the university noticed that posters were being advertised for the app on campus, and then worked with the Department of Homeland Security to try to get Howard vi drugs.
The authorities used the app to ask for weeds and cocaine, and then voted Howard over Snapchat to buy the drugs, prosecutors said. The covert stitch operation involved four separate purchases of medication. At the fourth meeting, the police on campus did not buy drugs from Howard and arrested him instead.
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. Scott Hernandez-Jason, a spokesman for the school, told The Associated Press Howard is "no more student [at] UC Santa Cruz". Hernandez-Jason quoted the students' privacy laws and declined to say if Howard was expelled or voluntarily retired.
Howard, who had not pleaded guilty to drug-use charges in San Jose, was released on bail on February 14 before federal and state courts. Previously, he was not found guilty in Santa Cruz State, where he was arrested in his dormitory on November 28.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.