Three Pitt football players suspended after drug raid

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Three University of Pittsburgh football players were suspended Friday after city police said they will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia following an overnight raid on their South Oakland home.

Drew Carswell, a junior tight end, Khaynin Mosley-Smith, a junior defensive tackle, and Eric Williams, a junior defensive back, were indefinitely removed from the program Friday morning, head coach Paul Chryst announced.

According to Pittsburgh police, officers working an undercover drug operation bought heroin from another man, Darnell Reed-Young, at the home of the players at 3326 Juliet St. late Thursday evening. Two of those officers also bought heroin at the same house on April 10.

About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the officers had a text conversation with the same phone number they had used previously to arrange a drug buy, and agreed to buy 21 to 22 bags of heroin for $185. They were told to go to the rear door of the Juliet Street house, according to the criminal complaint in the case.

At about 10 p.m., the officers met the person later identified as Mr. Reed-Young and bought 20 white stamp bags of heroin, labeled with red ink as "Ralph Lauren," and then left.

Once it was confirmed that the drugs purchased tested positive for heroin, the officers obtained a search warrant for the house. They then called for the city SWAT team to help execute it.

Investigators went in about 1:30 Friday morning. A search of the house revealed drug packaging material and paraphernalia in the common areas of the house, the complaint said.

Mr. Reed-Young, 22, who lives on the North Side, was arrested and charged with four counts, including drug possession and delivery. He was released on $12,000 bond and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing May 6.

The players will be charged by summons through the mail with possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for May 28.

None of the three players was a starter for Pitt, but all were expected to play for the Panthers in 2013.

Mr. Williams started 12 games for Pitt at linebacker in 2012, but moved to safety this spring and appeared slated to be a key backup at that position.

"We have strict and clear standards regarding these types of behaviors," Mr. Chryst said. "What has occurred with these three young men does not represent the standards of our program or university."

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Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com. Sam Werner contributed.


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