Texas Tech reserve defensive back De'Shon Sanders was in the custody of U.S. Marshals Thursday night. NewsChannel 11 was the first to tell you about Sander's arrest in the lower Depot District Thursday morning.
We obtained a copy of the indictment against Sanders Thursday afternoon. It's out of New Mexico Federal Court, and states he's is charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of possession with the intent to distribute more than 50-grams of cocaine base.
Sanders appeared in Amarillo Federal Court Thursday afternoon. Authorities took him there for an identity hearing. That's to determine if he is the person sought in the warrant. He had to appear in Amarillo, because Lubbock's magistrate judge was not available.
Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Sanders around 1:30 a.m. Thursday near 19th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue in downtown Lubbock. DEA Spokesman David Ausiello tells NewsChannel 11 that Sanders gave them permission to search his apartment. Texas Tech's Associate Athletic Director confirmed to ESPN that Sanders shares the home with players Michael Crabtree and Brandon Sesay. Ausiello says the roommates were there at the time of the search, but they were not searched or arrested. Ausiello also tells us they did not find drugs in the home, or on Sanders at the time of his arrest.
The indictment alleges Sanders and others "known and unknown to the grand jury" committed the offense this past June in Lea County, New Mexico. That's where Sanders' hometown of Hobbs is located.
Sanders is a junior at Tech. He transferred from a junior college in San Francisco. Sanders played in all 12 games for the Red Raiders this year. NewsChannel 11 called the athletics department for comment, but they have not gotten back with us.
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