Two former Appalachian State students pleaded guilty last week for their role in a $1.5 million drug distribution ring on three University of North Carolina University system campuses.

The Watauga Democrat reports Kyle Parrish Beckner, 22, and Devin James McDonald, 23, were among 21 arrested and accused of trafficking thousands of pounds of marijuana, cocaine, LSD, Molly, mushrooms, steroids, and other drugs over several years.

According to the report, Beckner pleaded guilty Feb. 16 to one count of distributing LSD. The charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.

McDonald pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing cocaine hydrochloride. That charge carries a maximum of 40 years and a fine up to $5 million.

Previous reports indicated Beckner, who is part of the fraternity Delta Chi, allegedly sold 1,000 units of LSD to a cooperating defendant at a Chapel Hill restaurant in August.

In October of 2019, investigators made a controlled purchase of one ounce of cocaine from McDonald, after he was identified by a source as someone who distributed cocaine to other App State students.

The two were part of what Matt Martin, U.S. attorney for the middle district of North Carolina, called a large drug network and supply chain using “very sophisticated measures.”