OPSU athletes arrested

by Sarah Lewers

The Guymon Daily Herald

Drug task force agents arrested seven Oklahoma Panhandle State University students on drug charges last night, including members of the football, baseball and golf teams.

Agents responded to a narcotics complaint and discovered seven men smoking marijuana outside a residence in Goodwell , Okla.

Drug task force agent Tim Landess said the men were standing outside smoking marijuana when law enforcement arrived.

Kacey Carbery, 26, of the OPSU golf team was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana within 2000 ft. of a school and possession of paraphernalia.

Carbery is originally from Columbia , S.C.

Joshua Setzer, 21, of the OPSU football team, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Setzer, a senior at OPSU, plays as a running back for the team and is originally from McPherson , Kan.

Setzer is the football event coordinator for the Student Athlete

Advisory Committee at OPSU. The SAAC is “a group of student athletes assembled to provide insight on the overall student athlete experience” according to a press release from OPSU. The committee “offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student athletes lives on NCAA member institutions,” the press release said.

Justin Shane Cannon, 19, of the OPSU football team, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Cannon, a sophomore at OPSU, plays as a defensive lineman for the team and hails from Midland , Kan.

Russell Brandon Bryant, 20, of the OPSU golf team, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana within 2000 feet of a school and possession of paraphernalia. Bryant is a junior at OPSU and is originally from Newcastle , Okla.

Brant Joseph Domnanish, 22, of the OPSU football team, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Domnanish, a senior at OPSU, plays as an offensive lineman for the football team. Domnanish hails from Paola , Kan.

Joseph Wesley Wise, 22, former OPSU baseball player, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Wise, a senior at OPSU, played as a catcher for the team. Wise is originally from Levelland , Tex.

Tyler James Childress, 20, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and possession of marijuana.

Scott Puryear, OPSU sports information director, said any disciplinary action will be at the discretion of university officials.

“The school is currently investigating the matter,” Puryear said. “OPSU is made up of good kids and good programs.”

OPSU players are prohibited by NCAA Division II regulations from partaking of any banned substance, including marijuana. Under Division II regulations, players known to have used drugs are required to face disciplinary action.

Drug Task Force Agent Xavier Gonzalez said agents responded to a phone call reporting illicit substance activity. Officers smelled the odor of burnt marijuana when they arrived on the scene and proceeded to confiscate pipes, rolling papers, scales and a counterfeit Oklahoma driver's license.

Task force agents were assisted by Trace Sheets of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Matt Boley of the Goodwell Police Department. All suspects were transported and booked into the Texas County Jail. Bail has not yet been set.

“The majority of the people we bust have a tendency to want to believe it's legal,” said Gonzales. “Marijuana is just as illegal as any other drug.”

Gonzalez said smoking marijuana has negative effects on the individual smoking it and others involved in their lives. He said the majority of people arrested last night are at OPSU on scholarship and are “basically throwing their lives away.” Gonzalez said Texas County authorities have a zero tolerance approach to illegal substance use.

“If it's illegal and it involves narcotics we're going to respond,” he said.

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