Red Raiders' Sanders arrested by DEA in drug bust

Updated: December 4, 2008, 1:59 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

A reserve Texas Tech defensive back was arrested by federal agents early Thursday and charged with dealing cocaine.

Junior De'Shon Sanders, arrested in downtown Lubbock at 1:30 a.m. Thursday by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has been charged with felony possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of cocaine, DEA public affairs spokesman David Ausiello said Thursday.

Sanders is being held in Lubbock County jail, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. It is not clear if Sanders has legal representation.

Texas Tech associate athletic director Chris Cook confirmed that Sanders is a housemate of All-American receiver Michael Crabtree and junior defensive end Brandon Sesay. Neither Crabtree nor Sesay has been implicated in the investigation of Sanders, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case said.

However, the official said, both players were in the apartment when DEA agents searched Sanders' room in the middle of the night, following his arrest.

According to The Associated Press, indictment alleges Sanders and others "known and unknown to the grand jury" committed the offenses in June in Lea County, N.M., where Sanders' hometown of Hobbs is located.

The 22-year-old Sanders is a transfer from City College of San Francisco. He has appeared in all 12 games for the Red Raiders and made four tackles.

Cook said the school didn't have confirmation of the arrest and had no comment. Coach Mike Leach was out of town and couldn't immediately be reached on his cell phone.

Senior writer Ivan Maisel covers college football for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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