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Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

Posted on: July 31, 2011 8:10 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Syracuse starting wide receiver Marcus Sales will be looking to build on his three touchdown bowl game performance when he hits the field this fall. Unfortunately, his return to the field is now in jeopardy after Sales was charged with multiple drug-related felonies on Friday night.

The Post-Standard is reporting that Sales was pulled over after running a red light near Midland and Ballantyne avenues in Syracuse. Sales was in the car with his brother, Michael.
According to police reports, Sales was driving a vehicle officers saw pass through a red light without stopping at Midland and Ballantyne avenues.

There was an odor of marijuana in the car and Sales did not have a driver’s license with him but showed police an SU identification card. Police found three knotted pieces of plastic containing a green plant-like substance that tested positive for marijuana, a plastic baggie containing 180 Lortab (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) tablets, three digital scales, a plastic cup with gin and other baggies with devil, superman and pit bull insignias on them.

Police said Sales admitted he had been drinking the alcohol. Marcus Sales had $250 in cash in his possession and Michael Sales Jr. had $747 in cash, police reported.

Both were charged with fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. The fifth-degree possession charge accuses them of possessing the pills with intent to sell them based on the number of pills and packaging material found, police reported.

Marcus Sales also was charged with passing a red light, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle and violating the city’s open container law, police reported.

This is the second incident in the last several days threatening the status of a Syracuse skill position player. Backup running back and kick returner Prince-Tyson Gulley was stabbed early Friday during a campus brawl. Head coach Doug Marrone issued a statement on Sales' arrest Sunday afternoon.

"We are aware of the charges against Marcus Sales," Marrone said in the statement. "We will continue to work with the proper authorities and the university, and will handle the matter internally, according to the university and Athletics Department policies."

Sales was not even initially on the depth chart at the beginning of the 2010 season, but worked his way into the rotation by season's end. In Syracuse's 36-34 win over Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl, Sales pulled in five catches for 172 yards and three touchdowns. He is expected to be the starting receiver in 2011 opposite senior Van Chew.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:24 pm

Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

what ever happened to being cautious and following all traffic laws while possessing drugs? half these dudes would never even get caught if they werent such idiots doing such things as speeding, running red lights, not mainaining lane..etc. if you are going to be dumb enough to sale or possess narcotics, at least use your brain by not giving law enforcement a reason to pull you over. 

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:26 pm

Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

This is an example of why I am begginning to support players getting paid a little bit. From my college atheltic experience I know it really blew to practice long hours and there was always "other stuff" that the coaches wanted better yet demanded that you do on your own time. And most school don't even let you work, people tend to forget that athletes are people too. If a guy wants to get up Saturday and buy a video game guess what? He can't because he has no money from slaving in practice and the classroom.

But on a brighter note USC starting 4-0 is looking more likely every month lol.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:56 am

Drug-running 101

1.  Obey all traffic laws so the police don't have a reason to pull you over.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:54 am

Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

Come on Dougie, put on your Big Boy Coaching Pull-ups and show the nation you're not a puppet for AD Daryl Gross unless, of course, you are in which case you should shut up and do what you're told.  Who needs integrity and honesty when there are bowl games to go to and athletes to recruit?  Do what Coach Spurrier does and take a little time, let things cool down, and then reinstate your superstar; nobody will know.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:12 am

Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

    Idiot....How stupid is this guy...Why would you let him back on the team..This guy must have done this numerous times before...You dont just try this once and start off with all those drugs...Lot of $$$$ on the brother for not being a dealer...Where did the $$$$ come from if not a dealer????

Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:23 am

Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

Fortunately the SU program has a standards and intergrity policy that all players sign off on, he knows what he will be facing after he goes through the court system.  He will not be back on the field for the Orange this year.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:02 pm

Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

VUT -Pigs have nothing better to do i bet he was pulled over for no reason
 Nope, they have nothing better to do .... that's they're job. Seems like they were spot on with this one. Stop blaming law enforcement for others poor choices in life.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 3:50 pm

Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

I always found the "Sam's Club" defense to be helpful in drug quantity cases.  Tell the jury that the higher quantity you buy, the less you spend per pill.  Why buy 5 pills for $25 when you can buy 500 for $1500?  Put reasonable doubt into the jury's mind about whether or not the pills were for personal consumption only.  The digital scale and the plastic baggies will be the tough sell, but I've seen it done.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:36 am

Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

Marcus is in big trouble.  Even if he states that the drugs belonged to his brother, and he will, how will he explain how all that stuff got into his car without him knowing.  Maybe the car belonged to his brother, but what was Marcus doing drinking and driving without having a license on him.  He will surely miss some time, the only question is how much. 

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:44 am

Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

The man is innocent on the drug charge till proven otherwise.  The article didn't say anything about a DUI/DWI but he was charged with consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle and violating the city's open container law.  That alone is not a remove you from the football team violation.  

At that age, how do convince a person not to hang with their brother.  Crap like this will teach him a hard lesson, but a person has to understand these are you men trying to figure it out.  Not everyone grew up with perfect role models and it takes a while to get it all sorted out.


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