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Penn State Football: Crawford, Smith Apartment Searched

by on March 26, 2012 1:16 PM

UPDATED @ 1:45 p.m.

Penn State Police seized drugs from the on-campus apartment of senior wide receiver Devon Smith and former defensive end Jack Crawford, but charges have not been filed.

Around 4 p.m. on March 14, a Residence Life coordinator called Penn State Police to 1102 Nittany Apartments —the residence of Crawford and Smith, according to the search warrant — after noticing a damaged window screen on the second floor. Police could not find anyone at home, but entered the residence concerned a burglary might be taking place, Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham said.

No burglary was reported, but when police saw drugs in plain sight, a search warrant was obtained, Parham said.

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien said at his news conference Monday afternoon to kick off the start of spring drills that he first learned of the incident involving Smith earlier in the day. 

"I'm still gathering information. We'll have something at a later date," O'Brien said. 

According to the search warrant, police found a grinder still with marijuana in the bottom, ashtrays filled with blunts in the common area, and a scale on one of the night stands in the bedrooms.

Police seized the blunts, stems and other paraphernalia, among other items that included a can of Hurricane malt liquor, a prescription bottle belonging to Curtis Drake that police found under the futon, and a blue towel with buds in a dresser drawer, according to the search warrant.

Crawford and Smith have not been charged, but the investigation is ongoing, Parham said.

Crawford worked out on campus for NFL scouts at Penn State's Pro Day on March 14. He is projected as a fifth-round pick in next months' NFL draft by

In four years with the Nittany Lions, he made 89 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 11 pass break-ups, 11 pass deflections, forced one fumble and recovered three fumbles.

Crawford came overseas from London, England and only picked up the sport of football his junior year of high school.

Smith, who participated in the first day of spring practice Monday, is a two-year starter. He caught 25 passes for 402 yards and two touchdowns as year ago and finished as the third-leading receiver on the team. In 2010, he had 27 receptions for 363 yards and one touchdown. He also has returned punts and kickoffs in his career.


Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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