Suspended Sooner faces felony drug charges

December, 10, 2012
12/10/12
12:19
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There's big trouble for one of Oklahoma's cornerbacks, Joe Powell. Powell hasn't played much leading up to the Sooners' date with Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, but this is a bad look for Oklahoma in a quiet part of the season.

From SoonerNation's Jake Trotter:
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.

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