Pair of NC State players face drug charges

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A pair of NC State players face misdemeanor drug chargers after police visited their apartment as part of a sexual battery investigation.

Sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton and redshirt freshman safety J.J. Jones were cited on Wednesday with misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. In a probable cause affidavit for a search warrant, authorities said they were following up on the sexual battery case and named Thornton as the suspect of it.

Thonton had already been suspended for the rest of the year by head coach Dave Doeren while Jones is in the process of transferring.

“The NC State Athletics Department takes any allegation of illegal activity very seriously,” the school said in a released statement. “We have university and athletic policies and procedures in place regarding our expectations of conduct for our students. … We will await the outcome of the legal process before we comment further.”

Thornton was the Wolfpack’s leading rusher with 768 yards this season and is currently receiving counseling for his offseason charge of misdemeanor assault on a female.

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