10th person arrested following 2016 overdose death at Sigma Nu house

Published: Sep. 12, 2017 at 9:17 PM CDT
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KBTX has learned a 10th person has been arrested following the August 2016 accidental drug overdose of a Texas A&M student inside a fraternity house in College Station.

A spokesman for the Brazos County Sheriff's Office says a warrant for Benjamin Jean Castagno's arrest was issued last year, but he was only recently arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana. The 22-year-old was released last week on a $2,000 bond.

Castagno is the 10th person connected to alleged drug activity inside the Sigma Nu fraternity house on Fraternity Row, where Anton Gridnev died while celebrating his 19th birthday.

Narcotics including cocaine, marijuana, LSD and ecstasy were found in several parts of the house, according to police investigators.

Six of the former Sigma Nu members, including the house manager, are scheduled to appear in the 361st Distrct Court in Brazos County on September 29th. According to online records, attorneys will ask the court to suppress evidence in their felony drugs cases.

Two other members of the house have pleaded no contest to their misdemeanor drug charges.

Thomas Emeterio is scheduled to have a jury trial in November for his misdemeanor drug charge.

Three other former members of Sigma Nu were issued citations by police for possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition to the drugs, College Station police also took cell phones, money, and guns from the house, according to documents obtained by KBTX.

Following Gridnev's death, the national chapter of Sigma Nu pulled the plug on the local chapter. Texas A&M said the fraternity was not a recognized student organization prior to his death.