With only 32 days until Syracuse's season opener against Wake Forest, the status of one of SU's top offensive weapons became very hazy Friday night. Police arrested Marcus Sales, one of three senior wideouts on the team, along with his brother on drug charges around 9:45 pm, according to Syracuse.com and police reports.
Police stopped Sales and his brother Michael Sales Jr. after they ran a red light. The officer found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the car and took the Sales brothers in. Sales did not have his driver's license, but presented the officer with his SU Id, according to Syracuse.com. He also admitted to drinking from a cup of gin in the car.
In total, the charges include possession, intent to sell, use of drug paraphernalia, running a red light, drinking while driving, and violation of the open container policy. He was released after his arraignment Saturday night.
“We are aware of the charges against Marcus Sales," SU head coach Doug Marrone said in a statement from SU Athletics. "We will continue to work with the proper authorities and the university, and will handle the matter internally, according to university and Athletics Department policies.”
Sales is a Syracuse native and attended the Christian Brothers Academy. He finished the 2010 season with 414 yards, second most on the team behind Van Chew, 26 receptions, and 4 touchdowns despite only appearing in 11 games last season. Three of Sales' touchdowns came in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl win against Kansas State.
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