A&M-Commerce football players arrested in drug bust
Students Dionte Garrett and Deandre' Bowers were arrested Feb. 19 after several bags of marijuana, pills and other drug paraphernalia were found in apartment A1 of McGill Hall by Sgt. Chris Vaughan of the Commerce Police Department.
The students are both football players for Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Lt. Jason Bone of the University Police Department said the arrests made this morning were in the same apartment where two previous drug-related incidents have occurred. As reported in the Feb. 18 issue of The East Texan, UPD police officers responded to an emergency call where a potential football recruit was vomiting last month. Upon arriving UPD questioned football players Danny Masson, Cherrod Simpson and Bowers about the ill player. UPD ascertained information that the sick recruit and Simpson had smoked marijuana in apartment A1 that evening.
Another incident occurred in the same apartment prior to last month's. Bone said UPD was contacted by a resident adviser who said she smelled marijuana. Upon arrival Bone said UPD officers found evidence of a "roach," but there was not enough marijuana to warrant an arrest.
Bone could not confirm or deny if the parties arrested in the morning raid were the same involved in either of the previous incidents.
The two players were arrested after an undercover narcotics investigation was conducted by Vaughan. According to a press release from CPD, Vaughan began the investigation after he was approached by a confidential source regarding the issue. During Vaughan's investigation purchases of marijuana were made at McGill Hall, one of the West Halls.
After the sales Vaughan was able to obtain probable cause for a search warrant, which netted the arrests. The marijuana, which was seized during the arrests, was packaged to sell, according to the report.
According to Bone, CPD led the investigation and UPD only aided in the area of perimeter security.
President Dan Jones said he was made aware of the current situation by Athletic Director Carlton Cooper. Jones, who is currently out-of-town, said he has not been informed of any developments since this morning.
Jones said it is always disappointing to hear about students acting inappropriately, but is not jumping to conclusions.
"It's early in the investigation," he said.
More to come as this story develops.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
Recent The East Texan News Articles
Discuss This Article
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST THE EAST TEXAN NEWS
- 'Expendables 2' epitomizes dumb but fun action
- 'The Bourne Legacy' disappoints with same old thrills
- Tasteless 'Total Recall' remake leaves audiences underwhelmed
- Actor chemistry saves 'The Watch' from being boring waste
- Batman goes out strong in final 'Dark Knight' film
- 'Ted' marks promising film career for McFarlane
- Stylistic choices sink 'Savages'
RECENT THE EAST TEXAN CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Wondering if it's Time to Buy a New Car? Just Check Your...
- Smartphone to Become Wallet -- Are Customers, Businesses...
- Grandparents, Keep Your Meds Up and Away From Young Children
- As Insurers End Coverage for Compounded Drugs, Patients...
- 4 Tips to Start Your Day a Little Earlier
- Join the Force to Fight Lung Cancer in Women
- If You Want to Help Avoid Back Problems, Stop Slouching
- Common-Sense Strategies From a Natural Marketing Guru
- 10 Steps to Help Older Adults Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
- Stay Cool for Next to Nothing: Power Down the AC on...
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- Peace Corps Director Calls on College Students to Make a Difference After Graduation Through International Service
- USA NETWORK AND VERIZON LAUNCH THE “CHARACTERS UNITE COLLEGE TOUR” COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS TO BRING A USA NETWORK CELEBRITY AND A WORTHY CAUSE TO THEIR CAMPUS
- WHEN GEORGIA SMILED: THE ROBIN MCGRAW REVELATION FOUNDATION TEAMS WITH PIVOT AND STUDENTS OF THE WORLD TO LAUNCH THE #iASPIRE GRANT CONTEST
- Latino Groups Launch National Campaign to Deliver Record Latino Turnout for 2014 Midterm Elections
- The Power of Peer Support: Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" Hits Campuses