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Starting ‘Cuse WR arrested on felony drug charges

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What has been an otherwise relatively quiet weekend is that no more, with a report surfacing that a starting member of the Syracuse football program is facing some fairly serious and significant legal issues.

According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, wide receiver Marcus Sales is facing a slew of drug-related charges following a traffic stop Friday night.  Sales, along with his brother, were charged with fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Sales was the driver of a vehicle which police observed running a red light, leading to the on-campus traffic stop.

Police found three knotted pieces of plastic containing a green plant-like substance that tested positive for marijuana, a plastic baggie containing 180 Lortab (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) tablets, three digital scales, a plastic cup with gin and other baggies with devil, superman and pit bull insignias on them.

Marcus Sales had $250 in cash in his possession and Michael Sales Jr. had $747 in cash, police reported.

“We are aware of the charges against Marcus Sales,” head coach Doug Marrone said in a statement. “We will continue to work with the proper authorities and the university, and will handle the matter internally, according to university and Athletics Department policies.”

Sales finished last season with 26 receptions for 414 yards and four touchdowns.  He has/had been penciled in as the starter entering summer camp, although his future as a member of the program is certainly very much up in the air.

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5 Responses to “Starting ‘Cuse WR arrested on felony drug charges”
  1. florida727 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:08 AM

    There are FIFTH- and SEVETH-degree levels of controlled substance possession laws? And people wonder why our legal system is so screwed up.

    Oh, BTW, say goodbye to your future kid. You no longer have one.

  2. dexterismyhero says: Aug 1, 2011 10:50 AM

    Ex—-Cuse me officer……I play football….

    College Turd Watch…………………

  3. dkhhuey says: Aug 1, 2011 1:00 PM

    I’m sure they’ll be able to make the roster on the prison football squad!

  4. bradwins says: Aug 1, 2011 4:25 PM

    I think you guys may be getting a bit ahead of yourselves. As far as the criminality here, felony charges won’t stick. This wasn’t exactly a DEA raid. These kids sound like small-time pushers based on the info here, and will probably plea to misdemeanors and get suspended sentences. Whether this is a kid you want on your football team, that is up to the head coach. Also, he could face disciplinary action for the school (if he gets kicked out he obviously can’t play football). But if he survives school discipline and the coach likes him he will probably sit a few games and be back on the team mid-fall.

  5. 10of14 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:53 PM

    Wrong this time Brad…he is done with football even by Miami Hurricane 1990’s standards. Cuse having a very bad week…second kid busted…typical of a city with no upside…bored kids get into trouble and the drug infested neighborhoods just to the west of campus is to easy for these weak minded kids to abstain from.

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