HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A former Coastal Carolina University basketball player was arrested Wednesday night, and CCU officials are now saying the student-athlete is no longer a part of the Chanticleer squad.
According to J. Reuben Long Detention Center online booking records, 22-year-old Brandon Crawford was booked into the facility at 10:39 p.m. Wednesday night.
Records show that Crawford was released from jail Thursday evening just after 7 p.m.
According to a police report from Coastal Carolina University's Department of Public Safety, agents with Horry County's Drug Enforcement Unit assisted the DPS with executing a search warrant on Crawford's home in the Coastal Villas Condos located along Highway 544 Wednesday.
During that search agents allegedly located 184 grams of marijuana in Crawford's bedroom, bathroom and living room. Additionally, 14 small tablets, a digital scale, grinder and small plastic bags were also located.
Crawford was then arrested and transported to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center where he is expected to be charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to the report.
Crawford allegedly had another outstanding warrant out for his arrest for the same charge with the DEU for a previous incident involving the distribution of marijuana, the report from CCU said.
WMBF News has learned that warrant came from an undercover investigation Wednesday afternoon where officers say Crawford sold an undercover officer what turned out to be marijuana.
Although Crawford was listed on Coastal Carolina University's website Thursday morning as of 9 a.m., CCU officials say Crawford had been ineligible for nearly three weeks. Crawford's basketball profile was removed from CCU's website roster Thursday morning.
According to CCU Sports Information Director Mike Cawood, Brandon Crawford was declared ineligible last month on Dec. 23, and has not been a part of any team function since that time. Cawood released that information Thursday morning following the report from WMBF News concerning Crawford's arrest.
Cawood adds that Crawford is no longer enrolled at CCU for the spring semester of 2012.
According to ESPN.com, Crawford averaged 10 minutes per game for the 2011-12 season, with 3.3 points for the Chants. The Northwest Florida State College transfer's last game with the Chanticleers was in a loss to College of Charleston on Dec. 22.
Coastal students found out about Crawford's arrest Thursday and some say they were shocked, while students like Jamal White says it's not that uncommon.
"I think it's just one incident and this goes on at other schools and even in the NBA," White said.
CCU spokeswoman Martha Hunn says rules about drug policies are clearly outlined to students on a regular basis.
Jared Bozarth, a CCU football player, agrees saying it's something athletes and staff discuss a lot.
"We have administrators come and talk to us at least on the football team and I'm sure they do with basketball to. They make it very clear to us that people look up to us and we're supposed to be leaders," he said.
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