Pitt Drug Raid: University Of Pittsburgh Players Suspended After Overnight Raid

A trio of University of Pittsburgh football players have been suspended after an overnight raid on their South Oakland home uncovered drug paraphernalia.

City police raided the home of Drew Carswell, a junior tight end; Khaynin Mosley-Smith, a junior defensive tackle; and Eric Williams, a junior defensive back, on Thursday. University of Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst announced Friday morning the three had been indefinitely removed from the program.

Undercover Pittsburgh police officers bought heroin from another man, Darnell Reed-Young, at the home of the players late Thursday evening. Another purchase of heroin was made by officers at the same address on April 10.

At approximately 8:30 pm on Thursday, officers conducted a text conversation with a phone number they had previously used to organize a drug deal and agreed to buy 21 to 22 bags of heroin for $185. The criminal complaint in the case states they were instructed to go to the rear door of the house.

By 10 pm, officers had purchased 20 white stamp bags of heroin from an individual later identified as Mr. Reed-Young and left the premises.

Testing showed the drug was indeed heroin, and the officers obtained a search warrant for the house calling on the city’s SWAT team to assist with their raid.

At around 1:30 am Friday, officers entered the house of the three players. A search turned up drug packaging material and paraphernalia in the common areas of the house.

Twenty-two-year-old Mr. Reed-Young was arrested and charged with four counts including drug possession and delivery. The players will be charged by summons through the mail with possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

None of the players started for Pitt, but all were expected to play a role for the Panthers during 2013.

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