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After drug arrest, Memphis Tigers player dismissed from team

By almost any measure, the Memphis Tigers football team had a number of successes on the field last season, finishing with 10 wins and 3 losses. Off the field, the team suffered a recent loss, however, when defensive tackle Jared Gentry was dismissed from the team.

Fans were expecting big things from the junior in the coming campaign, but will not get to see him play for the Tigers after his recent arrest on drug charges.

According to the Commercial Appeal, Shelby County court records state that Gentry, 20, has been charged with felony possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, deliver and sell.

He was also charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, the newspaper reported.

An athletics department spokesperson said Gentry was dismissed from the Tigers for rules violations. He is also suspended from campus while the allegations are investigated.

A police affidavit states that officers learned that Gentry might have drugs in his campus apartment. A search apparently turned up 29.8 grams of marijuana, plastic bags and a scale.

The arrest is more bad off-the-field news for the football team. Safety Shaun Rupert was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony last year.

Defensive lineman Ernest Suttles was arrested on a sexual assault charge last October.

Both players were also dismissed from the team.

An arrest has a negative impact on much of your life. A conviction can have a lifelong impact, making it more difficult in the future to pursue a degree or find a good job.

If you face drug charges, talk to a skilled criminal defense attorney about evidence, charges and your legal options before you speak to a prosecutor.

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