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Four players arrested on drug charges

Auburn defensive back Carlton Davis was sidelined with a minor finger injury on A-Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium on April 9.
Auburn defensive back Carlton Davis was sidelined with a minor finger injury on A-Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium on April 9. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Four Auburn players were arrested and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana Saturday night, according to police activity logs obtained by the Ledger-Enquirer.

The Opelika-Auburn News was first to report the incident.

Sophomore defensive end Byron Cowart, sophomore defensive back Carlton Davis, sophomore wide receiver Ryan Davis and defensive back Jeremiah Dinson were arrested at 11 p.m. Saturday on the 100 block of East Samford Avenue.

The charge is a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Alabama and carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail along with a $6,000 fine.

“I am aware of the situation and we will handle this matter appropriately,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement.

Under school policy, an investigating committee will evaluate the charges and recommend a penalty for the student-athletes “appropriate for the incident” separate from the criminal prosecution.

Auburn’s investigating committee for drug and alcohol criminal offenses includes the director of athletics (or a designee), the student-athlete’s head coach, the chair of the drug test and education committee, the chair of the committee on intercollegiate athletics and/or a faculty athletics representative.

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