More drugs found in NCSU football players' apartment

From L to R: George Bryan, Markus Kuhn, J.R. Sweezy, Jake Vermiglio (Courtesy NC State Athletics)

April 27, 2010 3:51:02 PM PDT
Four NC State football players facing pot charges may have bigger problems than just going to state court.A search warrant filed by Raleigh police on Saturday showed marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in an apartment while Senior Offensive Lineman Jake Vermiglio, Redshirt Junior Defensive Tackle J.R. Sweezy, Redshirt Junior Defensive Tackle Markus Kuhn, and Redshirt Junior Tight End George Bryan were inside.

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Next month, the four players are scheduled to be in court to face misdemeanor marijuana charges.

However, officials say they also found ephedrine in their off-campus apartment -- a drug banned by the NCAA.

Although they likely won't be charged criminally with possession of the box of ephedrine sulfate injection capsules, NC State officials may want to know if any of the players were using the banned drug.

Meanwhile, football fans say they are concerned about ephedrine being on the list of things confiscated from the players' apartment.

"I really think that that's something that the school should deal with or the NCAA," NCSU student Michael Harris said.

"It's an illegal substance on the list so there should be some infraction," NCSU student Chase Howell said.

In NC State's Code of Conduct it specifically states that, "student athletes are subject to the rules and regulations of the NCAA governing non-therapeutic drug use."

Although Harris and Howell want the team to do well, they say they think the athletes who sign the NC State Code of Conduct should also have to face a student court, not just a criminal court.

"I definitely think they should 'cause they're students just like we are," Howell said. "So they should have to go through the same thing we do."

"If they get caught with some illegal substance every student should be accounted for," Harris said.

NC State Football Coach Tom O'Brien has said appropriate action will be taken, but he hasn't said what that action will be. Other university officials are withholding comment for now.

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