Drug arrest leads to suspensions of 3 Pitt football players
Pittsburgh detectives arrested a North Side man and charged three University of Pittsburgh football players in making an undercover drug bust.
Police had been conducting an ongoing investigation in South Oakland and bought 20 stamp bags of heroin for $185 on Thursday night outside a house on Juliet Street from a man identified as Darnell Reed-Young, 22, according to a criminal complaint.
Police obtained a search warrant for the house, and as they prepared to enter, a man identified as Khaynin Mosley-Smith, 21, left the house.
Mosley-Smith, a member of the Pitt football team, told police that he lived there.
When police searched the home early Friday, they found drug packaging material and paraphernalia. Also inside were Pitt players Eric Williams, 20, and Andrew Carswell, 21. Police found a digital scale with white residue in Carswell’s bedroom.
Police charged the three football players by summons with prohibited acts.
Reed-Young admitted selling the heroin to a detective, police said, and all three Pitt players live in the home. He was taken to the Allegheny County Jail and faces several drug-related charges, including possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
Pitt football coach Paul Chryst announced immediate suspensions for the players, all juniors. They were indefinitely removed from all team activities on Friday morning.
“We have strict and clear standards regarding these types of behaviors,” Chryst said. “What has occurred with these three young men does not represent the standards of our program or university.”
Mosley-Smith is a defensive tackle and graduate of Woodland Hills High School. He played in 26 games the past two seasons, with one start last year.
Carswell graduated from Sto-Rox High. As a redshirt tight end, he has played in 23 games the past two seasons, with seven starts. He has 26 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns.
Williams, a safety, started 11 games last season as an outside linebacker, with an interception against Notre Dame, two fumble recoveries and a sack. This spring, he moved to safety where he was part of the first-team defense. He is a native of Yardley, Bucks County, and a graduate of Pennsbury High.
All three men are studying administration of justice.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or [email protected]. Staff writer Jerry DiPaola contributed to this report.