Milam’s charges go to grand jury, trafficking accusation lessened

A Fayette County grand jury will review the charges against a Delta Tau Delta member accused of selling narcotics out of the fraternity’s house.

Sophomore David Milam is charged with trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was originally charged with first-degree controlled substance trafficking, but the felony charge was later lessened to possession with 1,000 yards of a school, a misdemeanor.

UK Police arrested Milam Nov. 30 after they searched his room and found three ounces of marijuana, two digital scales with marijuana residue, six Adderall pills and an Indiana driver’s license with false information, the arrest report said.

With the information received in the search, Lexington Police obtained a search warrant for the content on Milam’s phone. Police searched the phone and confiscated 24 pictures, 141 contacts and 420 text messages, the search warrant said. The warrant also said police found 572 grams of marijuana in Milam’s room.

Beetz could not be reached to verify the amount of marijuana found.

If found guilty of the charges he currently faces, Milam could get up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school, up to one year in prison for possession within 1,000 yards of a school and up to five years for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, the Kentucky Legislature’s website said.

Milam’s lawyer, Fred Peters, said he believes the allegations are too severe.

“These charges are way overblown,” Peters said. “The judge (at the preliminary hearing) almost admitted that these were misdemeanors.”

Milam’s arrest is the sixth drug trafficking arrest made by UK Police this year, and the 39th in the last five years, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said.

Delta Tau Delta’s  national headquarters is investigating the chapter because of the arrest.

“We’re looking into the matter with the university,” Delta Tau Delta Executive Vice President James Russell said.

Russell declined comment when asked if any members had been expelled.

In addition to the fraternity’s investigation, UK is also looking into the matter.

Susan West, assistant dean of students and director of fraternity and sorority affairs, confirmed the investigation, but could not comment on specifics.

The Interfraternal Council released a statement Wednesday on the matter.

“It has always been the position of the IFC that we do not support illegal activity within our fraternities” IFC President Taylor Franklin said in a release. “We hope that the alleged actions of these fraternity men do not overshadow the positive impact fraternity life has on our university and community.”