Former OSU coach Sean Sutton arrested on drug complaints

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm •  Published: February 12, 2010

STILLWATER — Former OSU basketball coach Sean Sutton was arrested on a drug complaint Thursday, state drug enforcement authorities said.

Sutton told drug agents that he is addicted to painkillers, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said.

OBN detained Sutton, 41, about 5 p.m. Thursday after the former coach picked up a shipment of painkillers from out of state from a local shipping company, Woodward said.

Drug agents had intercepted the shipment following a tip that Sutton had been illegally buying painkillers from sellers in Seattle and the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

Payne County District Attorney Robert Hudson said he is going to file four felony counts against Sutton for the drugs he attempted to obtain and for using his cell phone to commit a felony

Sutton remains in the Stillwater city jail, where he has become ill, Hudson said.

"He's having withdrawals," Hudson said.

Sutton is expected to post $10,000 bond today and then enter a treatment facility where he'll remain until he is arraigned, Hudson said. Sutton's arraignment is expected to be Tuesday.

Drug agents have been in touch with Sutton since August 2009, when agents received a tip that that Sutton was visiting multiple state doctors to illegally obtain painkillers.

After being confronted by OBN agents in August, Sutton apparently entered a rehabilitation program for his painkiller addiction, Woodward said. No charges were filed at the time. Woodward said the state doctors involved didn't act illegally by prescribing Sutton painkillers because the doctors weren't aware Sutton was seeing other doctors to obtain more pills.

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