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Ex-player arrested on cocaine charge at airport

Former guard David Sills, dismissed from USF's basketball team before he played a single game in 2005, was arrested early Sunday morning at Tampa International Airport on an outstanding warrant from a felony charge of trafficking in cocaine, according to police reports.

Sills, 24, who signed with USF after making a name for himself on New York City's famed Rucker Park courts, has been arrested in Tampa three times since he was dismissed by Robert McCullum in November 2005 for behavior and attitude "detrimental to the program." Sunday's arrest involves the most significant charges. He spent three weeks in county jail last spring after failing to appear in court on an earlier arrest, according to jail records.

To be charged with a felony count of trafficking cocaine, a person must be determined to be in possession of more than 28 grams of the substance -- about an ounce. He also was charged with a misdemeanor count of giving a false name to a law enforcement officer -- "Kevin Ramone Acevedo" -- and his arrests Sunday put him in violation of probation agreed to after a previous charge of possession of marijuana.

Sills is not believed to still be a USF student -- he played briefly at a small college in Texas after being dismissed by the Bulls. His address is listed on Sunday's arrest report as being 4202 Fowler Avenue, which is USF's address. He remained in jail Sunday without bond.

(And before you get too angry, this isn't going to be in the paper Monday. There are some things that have relevance to USF readers in a blog like this, but not enough relevance to readers in general to put in the paper.)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:27am]


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