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Three UC football players face marijuana charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three University of Charleston football players are among four people facing drug charges after marijuana was allegedly mailed to a house in Charleston.

Officers from the Metro Drug Unit "attempted a controlled delivery of a package" to a home on Callie Road on Wednesday, according to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Markel Vaughan, 22, who lives at the house, allegedly accepted the package.

According to the criminal complaint, police got a search warrant and found more than 15 grams of marijuana in the box. They allegedly also found digital scales and smaller packages of marijuana in the house, the criminal complaint says.

Reggie Dillingham, 21, of Charleston; Bryant Leighton, 21, of Charlotte, N.C.; and Ronald Kelly, 21, of Glen Allen, Va., were also at the house. All four were arrested and charged with felony counts of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Dillingham, Leighton and Kelly are all members of the UC football team.

Students at UC have been dismissed for the summer and school is not in session, but UC spokesman Scott Castleman said the three have been suspended from the football team.

"We are aware of an off-campus incident involving three University of Charleston football players," Castleman said. "The allegations against them are that they acted in ways which violate the university's drug policy."

Castleman said school officials would cooperate with police.

All four men were sent to the South Central Regional Jail but were free on bond Friday. Preliminary hearings are set for May 28.

The incident comes about three weeks after three UC basketball players were arrested on robbery charges. Those players were kicked off the team immediately following their arrest.

Castleman said school officials are reviewing their athletic recruiting procedures.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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