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Ex-USF star Peyton facing cocaine charge

Peyton We interrupt the draft blog for an update on former USF receiver Johnny Peyton, who probably won't be playing football at Dubuque this fall. Thanks to the Times' Molly Moorhead for this update:

DADE CITY -- Former Pasco High and USF football player Johnny Peyton was arrested this week, charged with possession of cocaine.

The Sheriff’s Office said Peyton was riding in Tommytown in a truck that was pulled over for a cracked windshield about 4 p.m. Wednesday. As a deputy approached, Peyton tossed something in the backseat. A police dog found an orange cigar tube, inside which, deputies say, was crack cocaine.

Peyton, 21, of Lacoochee, was arrested in April on an outstanding warrant after he was spotted at the Pasco County Courthouse watching a trial. The warrant was for violation of probation from a misdemeanor trespassing charge. USF coach Jim Leavitt announced in February 2006 that he had dismissed Peyton from his team, but Peyton said he left of his own accord. Peyton remained jailed Thursday in lieu of $2,500 bail.

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