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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Banks among 3 suspended by Cyclones

By Tim Griffin
ESPN.com

Three Iowa State football players have been indefinitely suspended after they were charged with marijuana possession.

Starting cornerback Kennard Banks, defensive end Cleyon Laing and linebacker Kevin Hamlin all were indefinitely suspended on Tuesday, according to Iowa State spokesman Tom Kroeschell.

All three players turned themselves into Iowa State University police before they were booked on warrants issued by the Central Iowa Drug Task Force, according to Story County chief deputy Barry Thomas.

The three players were all charged with possession of a controlled substance and booked at the Story County Jail in Nevada, Iowa, before making their bail Tuesday morning.

Their arrests came after information was received about possible drug activity around an apartment in Ames, Iowa.

On Sept. 11, a search warrant was executed and a small amount of marijuana, Thomas said. The specific apartment was not listed, but an official confirmed to the Des Moines Register that the three players shared the same residence.

District court records said officers found a jar containing marijuana residue in the bedroom of Banks, who admitted to owning the jar. Marijuana residue also was found in Laing's bedroom and marijuana seeds were found in Hamlin's bedroom, according to the records.

Banks was listed as Iowa State's starting left cornerback on the 2-1 Cyclones' most recent depth-chart roster heading into Saturday's game against Army. The senior from Boynton Beach, Fla., is tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 17, including one stop for a loss.

Laing, a redshirt freshman from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was listed as third-string at left end. Hamlin, a redshirt freshman from Jupiter, Fla., was not listed on the Cyclones' depth chart.

Tim Griffin covers the Big 12 for ESPN.com.