‘Preppie Killer’ arrested in undercover drug sting
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NEW YORK ” The so-called “Preppie Killer,” who served 15 years in prison for strangling a woman in Central Park during what he said was rough sex, has been arrested on charges of selling drugs and resisting arrest.
Robert Chambers’ arrest stemmed from an undercover operation in which drugs, including cocaine, were purchased from him at his residence in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, police said.
Chambers, 41, put up a fight during the raid late Monday, police said. One officer suffered a broken thumb and another had a strained ligament in his hand, authorities reported.
Chambers was charged with several counts of criminal sale of controlled substances and resisting arrest. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
He was released from prison on Valentine’s Day 2003 after serving 15 years for the 1986 strangling of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin, an 18-year-old graduate of the exclusive Baldwin School, during a tryst in Central Park.
Police had received complaints alleging drug sales at Chambers’ residence, where he lived with his girlfriend, police spokesman Paul Browne said. In eight purchases over the summer, undercover officers bought roughly a quarter kilogram of cocaine, police said.
“There was considerable traffic to his door,” Browne said. “He was pretty indiscreet about it.”
Chambers’ girlfriend was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Police arrested Chambers in 2004 for misdemeanor heroin possession and unlicensed driving. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 100 days in jail and fined $200.
Associated Press writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.