Oklahoma football: Junior Joe Powell facing felony drug charges

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: December 10, 2012
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Suspended Oklahoma football player Joe Powell is facing felony drug charges in Cleveland County.

According to court documents, Powell, 21, received a FedEx package in early October that contained four pounds of “high-grade” marijuana.

ESPN.com was the first to report about the charges.

According to an arrest affidavit, Oklahoma City police intercepted the package and tracked it along with Norman police.

Powell had the package delivered to a friend's house on Oct. 8. When the package arrived, Powell arranged for another friend to pick it up and bring it to Powell.

Powell took the package from the friend and hid it some bushes near his apartment.

Police, which had set up surveillance of the package, contacted Powell and told them they knew about the package. Powell asked officers to meet at the office of the University Greens apartments.

According to the affidavit, Powell admitted he knew what was in the package, but told police he was only holding it until an unknown person picked it up. He told police he would only get "a little bit of money or marijuana" to give to "the girls" for bringing him the package.

Powell was formally charged Oct. 29 and posted $1,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 18.

According to the ESPN report, Powell was suspended from the team in October.

Powell, a junior from Dallas, would have been a reserve defensive back this season.

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