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Three UC football players arrested on drug charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three University of Charleston football players have been arrested on drug charges along with a fourth individual, officials confirmed.

According to a criminal complaint obtained from Kanawha County Magistrate Court, those who were arrested on Wednesday for possession of marijuana with intent include Bryant S. Leighton, Reggie Dillingham, Markel Vaughn, and Ronald M. Kelley.

Scott Castleman, UC communications director, confirmed that Leighton, Dillingham and Kelley were student athletes and were immediately suspended from the team.

According to the criminal complaint, a package was delivered to 1425 Callie Road in Charleston where a resident accepted it. Detectives from the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Team approached the resident who refused consent to open the package. Upon approval of a search warrant, the package was opened and a quantity in excess of 15 grams of suspected marijuana was located in the box. A search of the residence revealed numerous digital scales and smaller distribution levels of marijuana individually packaged.

Castleman released a statement saying, "We are aware of an off-campus incident involving three University of Charleston football players. The allegations against them are that they acted in ways which violate the university's drug policy. All three were suspended from the football team immediately. We will fully cooperate with law enforcement and will continue to monitor developments in the case."

When contacted by phone, Castleman said University officials would have no further comment until additional information is gathered about the case.

All four suspects are free on bond.

Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at or 304-348-1246.


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