Sooner DB Faces Felony Drug Charge

Posted by Gilbert Sam on 12:03 PM
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According to Cleveland County district attorney Greg Mashburn, Sooners cornerback Joe Powell has a preliminary conference hearing scheduled for Dec. 18 on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

According to Mashburn and a Cleveland County court affidavit, Norman police connected Powell to the drugs when they tracked a FedEx package from California containing four pounds of "high-grade" marijuana.

Through a spokesman, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops indicated he was aware of Powell's situation, and that Powell has been suspended from the team since October.

Mashburn said Powell had the package delivered to a friend's house on Oct. 8 under the guise that the package contained "shoes." When the package arrived, Powell had another friend go and pick it up and bring it to Powell's apartment, where a police surveillance team was stationed.

Mashburn said that Powell, 21, was waiting outside his second-floor apartment, took the package from the friend and disappeared around the building.

Police caught up with Powell at the University Greens apartments, where he confessed that the package contained marijuana.

Powell, however, told police that he was only holding the package until an unknown person picked it up and that he was only getting "a little bit of money or marijuana" to give to "the girls" (the two friends) for bringing him the package.

Powell then took police to where the package was hidden back at his apartment complex between bushes and an air conditioning unit. Mashburn said that Powell was "cooperative" with police. (ESPN)