Former Buckeye Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges


Ohio State University Buckeye football player Ray Small was behind bars Friday morning, facing a number of drug charges.

Authorities tell 10TV that Small was arrested Thursday night after the Columbus police gang unit tracked Small to a condominium in Whitehall.

Six felony drug possession and trafficking charges were filed against the former Buckeye on Wednesday.

Investigators said the charges stemmed from an April search of Small's north Columbus apartment. The indictment indicates that authorities seized more than 20 grams of heroin and 400 oxycodone pills, along with a semi-automatic handgun and assault rifle.

The indictment also names another man in connection with the alleged crimes. He is Anthony Jones of Detroit.  Small, 26, was being held in the Franklin County jail.

Small was an Ohio State wide receiver from 2006 to 2009. He was disciplined by the team several times and caught up in the football memorabilia scandal.

He was also indicted on drug charges out of Meigs County last year, after he was found in more than 200 Oxycontin tablets.

“I think to the extent that he's facing double trouble both here and in Meigs County. Should he able to post whatever bond the judge sets in this case, then he's going to have to face complications with his bond in Meigs County,” said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.

Small is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in Franklin County on Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors say he faces up to 33 years in prison, if convicted of all charges and firearms specifications.

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