LOGAN — Drug charges have been filed against three Utah State football players days before they are set to play in their final game of the season. The suspects include quarterback Jordan A. Love, wide-receiver Sean L. Carter and running back Gerold M. Bright.
The charges stem from an incident Saturday night at Millennial Towers, west of campus. Police were called to the apartment building around 11:30 p.m., on report of several USU athletes who were allegedly smoking marijuana.
Logan City Police Assistant Chief Jeff Simmons said when officers arrived on the scene, they could smell the odor of burnt marijuana.
“[The officers] could see which room the odor was emanating out of,” said Simmons. “They were able to make contact with the people in the room. Initially, there were six people and then they found a seventh person and determined that marijuana had been consumed in there.”
Love, Carter and Bright were each charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance in Logan City Justice Court Tuesday morning. The class B misdemeanor charge carries a sentence of up to six-months in jail and up to a $1000 fine.
Charges were also filed against Elani Rice, a track and field athlete. They include possession of a controlled substance and unlawful purchase, possession, or consumption by a minor, both class B misdemeanors.
All four are scheduled to be arraigned before Judge Lee Edwards on December 30.
Simmons said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending. All of the suspects have cooperated with police.
“The officers did have to get a search warrant for the urine of three of the folks. Otherwise, they were cooperative with officers.”
The charges were filed a day after the football team left for Frisco, Texas. Friday they face Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl.
It is unclear whether the charges will have any impact on Friday’s game. USU spokesman Tim Vitale said, “We are aware that citations were issued. We have processes in place, both in Student Conduct and in Athletics, and we’ll follow these procedures in this case.”