OSU football: Freshman LB Brendan Vaughn dismissed from team after felony drug arrest

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Brendan Vaughn, a freshman, was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team after he was arrested Saturday and charged with two drug-related counts Tuesday. OSU police said it found large sums of marijuana and cash in his dorm room.

Payne County District Court charged Vaughn, 18, with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an OSU police evidence log, officers seized 708 grams (approximately 1.56 pounds) of a green leafy substance in various clear vacuum seal bags, $2,119 in cash and a 1,000-gram capacity small digital scale as evidence from the dorm room in Davis Hall.

Vaughn appeared in court Tuesday and entered a plea of not guilty. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 6

Gundy said the linebacker from Forney, Texas, was dismissed from the program on Sunday.

“Anytime you violate team rules, then immediately you’re off our team,” Gundy said.

The O’Colly first reported Vaughn’s arrest.

Police were directed to Vaughn’s room in Davis Hall around 4 p.m. Saturday by OSU Residential Life to investigate a possible drug law violation, according to the arrest affidavit.

Officers approached the door where the odor of marijuana was strongest and knocked. When no one answered repeated knocks on the door, the responding officer walked around to the exterior wall of the room, according to the affidavit. The officer could smell marijuana through the bedroom window and heard a vacuum running inside the room.

After knocking on the door again and receiving no response, the officers waited outside discussing their options, according to the affidavit. A few minutes later, three males opened the door and walked out. Two stated they were residents and allowed the officers to enter the room to look for marijuana.

The officers entered the living room area of the dorm before being told another resident, Vaughn, was in his bedroom. Officers met Vaughn at the doorway to his bedroom, where the “odor became even stronger again,” according to the affidavit.

Officers asked Vaughn if they could search his room for marijuana and he said yes. Inside, officers found small flakes of a “green leafy substance” on a desk and identified it as marijuana.

Inside a shoebox, the officer found a vacuum-sealed food bag with a large amount of the same substance.

Vaughn was placed under arrest at approximately 4:27 p.m. In a closet, the officer pulled a larger bag of the substance out of a black suitcase and discovered several more vacuum-sealed food bags containing the substance around the closet. Some were in an unlocked, medium-sized digital security safe, according to the affidavit.

Officers also found and took into evidence a small digital scale and a Versace sunglasses box with more than $1,500 in cash. They also found lighters, multiple containers with trace amounts of the green leafy substance, several cut-off portions of vacuum-sealed bags, scissors, empty vacuum seal bags and a Ziploc vacuum sealer unit. In a dresser drawer, the officer found $500 in cash, according to the affidavit.

Vaughn was transported to the Payne County Jail. At the jail, he told an officer he was unemployed and had made the money in his room from selling marijuana, according to the affidavit.

Vaughn enrolled at Oklahoma State in January 2017 and was redshirting this season.

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