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2 UConn football players arrested after BB gun, marijuana found in car

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STORRS - Two UConn football players have been suspended after they were arrested Wednesday night.williams

Police said the two 19-year-olds were arrested around 10:30 p.m. after police pulled them over and found marijuana, a BB gun and an open container of vodka in their car. Police said they pulled over a silver Chevy Malibu with one headlight driven by Nazir Williams of Bridgeton, New Jersey, who was driving on Bolton Road and crossed a double yellow line.

Police said when they approached the car, they smelled marijuana, and when they searched the car, they found four grams of marijuana, a loaded BB gun and an open container of vodka.

blackwellPolice said Felton Alfonzo Blackwell III of Mays Landing, New Jersey, was one of two passengers in the car and had the loaded BB gun, which police said looked like a real gun.

Williams was charged with first-degree possession, weapons in a motor vehicle and possession of alcohol by a minor, and his bail was set at $2,000. He is due in court on Tuesday, November 1.

Blackwell was charged with having weapons in a motor vehicle and his bail was set at $1,500. He is also due in court on November 1.

Both men are freshman.

UConn released a statement following the arrests.

"Federal student privacy laws prevent UConn from discussing whether individual students face discipline cases. Generally speaking, any UConn student found to have violated the provisions of the Student Code may face penalties that range from probation to expulsion."

“University of Connecticut Director of Athletics David Benedict and head football coach Bob Diaco are aware of the incident that took place Wednesday night and take these allegations very seriously. The safety of our student-athletes and University community is of the utmost concern for the UConn Division of Athletics. UConn football student-athletes Felton Blackwell and Nazir Williams have been immediately suspended. The UConn Division of Athletics will work with the University during the investigation process until the situation is resolved.”

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