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College football player used scholarship money to start illegal marijuana business

Preston Bailey III, an offensive lineman on the Middle Tennessee State football team, was arrested last week after police discovered a large amount of marijuana in his apartment and are accused of running an illegal marijuana business, which he admitted to police was funded by money he received from his football scholarship.

Murfreesboro police came to Bailey’s apartment after receiving a tip and were confronted by a strong odor of marijuana. Inside they found enough marijuana for backstage at a Wiz Khalifa concert, scales, and approximately $3,000 in cash.

The Tennessean has the details:

Inside the home, police found 27.9 grams of marijuana inside a plastic bag in his dirty clothes hamper, according to the report. Five glass jars of marijuana weighing 322.5 grams (11.5 ounces) were also found in his apartment, along with 6.2 grams of hash, police said.

Authorities also located a set of scales, a grinder and a vaporizer, used for smoking marijuana, all of which Bailey told police belonged to him.

Bailey told Murfreesboro Police he paid about $3,000 for the marijuana, according to police.

Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans said Bailey confirmed he “used his scholarship money as startup money for his illegal drug sales business.”

Bailey, 22, played seven games as a junior last season before being sidelined due to injury and was put on a medical scholarship. Since the arrest, he has been kicked off the team and faces a felony charge of intent to sell.

Bailey started his career at Tennessee before transferring to MTSU. Looks like he would have been better served transferring to Cal.

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