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Penn State Hoops’ Mike Watkins Charged With Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia

Penn State men’s basketball forward Mike Watkins was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police conducted a search of his apartment for an unregistered firearm.

Penn State police responded to Nittany Apartments last Wednesday to investigate those concerns.

He allowed detectives to enter his apartment and was described as “well mannered” during an interview related to the alleged firearm. After providing an officer with a Pennsylvania concealed carry permit, Watkins consented to a search of his apartment.

Officers recovered a metal grinder containing marijuana inside of a duffel bag, along with three .40 caliber rounds.

Watkins said he unaware of the the bullets in his apartment and commented “ahh, that’s old… man” in reference to the grinder.

He was charged via summons on Monday. A preliminary hearing regarding the case is scheduled for July 11.

“We are aware of the incident and take this situation seriously,” Penn State Athletics released in a statement. “We hold our student-athletes to high standards and will address this violation of team rules.”

Warkins was a key member of Penn State’s team during the 2017-18 regular season, leading the team in rebounding, blocks, and field goal percentage. The 6-foot-9 forward missed the end of the regular season and all of the postseason with a right knee injury.

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Mitch Stewart

Mitch is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism from Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to his role with Onward State, Mitch talks about all the #sprots on Penn State's CommRadio. To contact Mitch, feel free to send him an e-mail at [email protected], and if you really don't value your social media accounts, follow him as he yells on Twitter about Penn State basketball @mitchystew.

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