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Mustain arrested on narcotics charge

Former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain was arrested late Tuesday night and held on a felony narcotics charge, Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Bruce Borihanh confirmed Wednesday to ESPN Los Angeles.

Mustain was arrested at 8 p.m. PT on Tuesday. Bail was set at $30,000. Mustain has not paid bail and is still in jail, Borihanh said.

The LA Times reported "the arrest came as the result of a sting operation."

Mustain, 22, might be the nation's best-known backup quarterback. Considered one of the nation's top QB recruits in 2006, he signed with his home-state team, Arkansas, and he went 8-0 as the Razorbacks starter as a true freshman. But he opted to transfer to USC in 2007 after a highly publicized falling out with coach Houston Nutt.

At USC, however, he was unable to beat out Mark Sanchez and then Matt Barkley. While he only started one game at USC -- a 20-16 loss to Notre Dame this season, when Barkley was hurt -- he was still considered an NFL prospect.

This arrest, obviously, dims those prospects.

Mustain is the second former Trojan to be arrested this week. Former defensive end Everson Griffen, now with the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested Monday on suspicion of felony battery, when LAPD officers used a Taser to subdue him after a traffic stop near campus. Prosecutors told the LA Times "that felony charges would not be filed because officers were not injured and Griffen lacked a criminal history. The case is being forwarded to the Los Angeles city attorney's office."