Former Ohio State wide receiver Ray Small was arrested on Sunday and was charged with possession of oxycodone, 10 Investigates’ Paul Aker reported Tuesday.
Small, 24, was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped along U.S. Route 33 in Meigs County for speeding.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers smelled marijuana and a search of the vehicle revealed 243 oxycontin pills, what appeared to be heroin, marijuana and a loaded .25 caliber pistol.
The driver, Alexis Ortega, 19, of Columbus, was charged with a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Small played for Ohio State from 2006-09.
Last May, Small made headlines when he told Ohio State's student newspaper, The Lantern, that "everybody" on the team sold memorabilia and received discounts on cars while playing football.
Ray Small told 10 Investigates' Paul Aker that he was misrepresented in the article.
“I struggled at Ohio State,” Small said. “I knew it was against the rules, but they weren’t about to give me a check to pay this rent.”
Small’s father, Kenneth Small, said that police were wrong when they charged his son with drug possession, Aker reported.
“He said he was asleep,” Kenneth Small said. “He was asleep when it happened, and he didn’t have on his seatbelt, and that’s why they took him.”
Kenneth Small said that he could not believe that his son did what he was accused of doing.
“He’s a good kid,” Small said. “He’s getting ready. He’s got a tryout with the Canadian league March 9.”
Ray Small was released from jail on $10,000 bond. Small was not immediately available for comment.
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