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MTSU Football Player Accused Of Dealing Drugs

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A MTSU football player is in trouble, accused of using his scholarship money in a scheme to deal drugs.

Twenty-two-year-old Preston Bailey was arrested after Murfreesboro police discovered a large supply of marijuana, scales and cash in his off-campus apartment.

Bailey was a high school star at Montgomery Bell Academy who signed with UT before transferring to MTSU.  He played in seven games on the offensive line this past season before he was put on a medical scholarship because of an injury.

Police said Bailey confessed to buying marijuana.

"He admitted he got his start-up money for this illegal drug business by using scholarship money that he received from MTSU as a football player," said Kyle Williams with the Murfreesboro Police Dept.

Bailey is charged with felony possession of marijuana to sell.

Head coach Rick Stockstill called the arrest extremely disappointing. Bailey's medical scholarship has been revoked and he's no longer on the football team.

Detective Reco Hathaway and Officer Michael Levy made the arrest as part of the Directed Patrol Unit.  It's part of the Murfreesboro Police Department's continuing effort to crackdown on crime in neighborhoods.

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