Long Reach High athlete might play ball despite drug arrest and charges

August 15, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Howard County high school athlete may be able to continue playing football and basketball, despite his arrest this month in a drug raid.

Devon Taron Conwell, a 17-year-old starting football and basketball player for Long Reach High School, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug-related paraphernalia two weeks ago.

Conwell was one of five people arrested in the raid, which took place in his home on Footed Ridge in Columbia. Police seized 4.4 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale, $3,000 in cash and a handgun.

Though Howard County school officials could not comment specifically on Conwell's situation, spokeswoman Patti Caplan said students who are arrested and charged with a crime "are innocent until proven guilty." Therefore, an arrest does not necessarily mean that a student athlete will be barred from playing sports, she said.

"If the principal deems they would be a threat to the school they may request that they be placed in an alternative setting," Caplan said.

Pub Date: 8/15/99

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