According to a report on MSNBC.com, a recent drug bust at Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth led to the arrest of some 17 students, including four football players.
During a news conference this week school officials said those arrested were caught selling drugs to undercover narcotics officers both on campus and off-campus. The locations were diverse and included a nearby 7-Eleven, Kroger and Hooters restaurant.
TCU Chief of Police, Steve McGee, said, “There is no doubt, all of those arrested today, are drug dealers.” He went on to say that, “These individuals engaged in hand-to-hand delivery, for money, with undercover narcotics agents. We will continue to work proactively to curtail drug use on the TCU campus.”
The following student-athletes arrested for selling marijuana: David (D.J.) W. Yendrey, a junior defensive tackle; Devin Johnson, a junior defensive back; Tanner Wilson Brock, Jr., a junior linebacker; and Tyler (Ty) Horn, a sophomore offensive tackle.
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson said he was shocked and hurt when he heard the news but that the hurt has now been replaced with anger. “There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days.” Patterson said that, “Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU’s student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period. Our program is respected nationally for its strong ethics and for that reason the players arrested today were separated from TCU by the University.”
The Chief of Police said the investigation began six months ago after multiple tips were received from students and parents concerning drug use on the campus. McGee said those arrested were found selling marijuana, cocaine, various forms of ecstasy, acid and prescription drugs including Xanax, hydrocodone and others similar to Oxycontin.
TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. said the busts do not represent a football problem, but a student problem. Rather than represent a general issue with the athletic department the Chancellor believes the arrests were isolated actions by students caught up in a cycle of bad behavior.
The Chancellor told students that the school has never experienced a magnitude of student arrests such as this and that those responsible would be subject to expulsion. In recent years, TCU police have made only five on campus arrests related to drug law violations. The recent roundup thus comes as a shock to the school. University police are still investigating to discover if the students were working with others and have cautioned that additional arrests are possible
Investigators are still working to determine if those arrested Wednesday were working independently or together and with what suppliers. Officials said the investigation is ongoing and that more arrests are possible.
Read: ”Drug bust nabs 17 TCU students, including football players,” published at MSNBC.com.