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Alleged marijuana dealer reportedly supplied Kansas basketball players

Jun 30, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

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A Kansas City-area man charged in a large-scale drug ring allegedly supplied marijuana to some members of the 2010-11 Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team, according to a federal prosecutor.

The report from the Kansas City Star, published Friday, says that Samuel Villeareal III, 32, is one of 25 defendants charged in U.S. District Court with conspiring to sell marijuana, as much as 1,000 kilograms over a four-year period.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead, a seized cell phone is the link between Villeareal and the Kansas basketball team.

““We know that because of the text messages we obtained from the iPhone and also from surveillance that was done throughout this investigation of Mr. Villeareal,” Morehead said, according to a transcript that was reported by the Star.

Morehead said the phone became “a key component to this entire investigation.”

The investigation also hinges on observations of Villeareal’s actions made by agents investigating the case.

“At one occasion, law enforcement had Mr. Villeareal this basketball season at the Sprint Center sitting behind the KU basketball bench with a number of the players,” Morehead is quoted as saying. “So we know that he had probably not only a personal relationship with them but a professional relationship as well.”

The 2010-11 Jayhawks won the Big 12, finishing 35-3 and advancing to the Elite Eight, before losing to Virginia Commonwealth.

Featured on that team were Marcus and Markieff Morris, Josh Selby, Brady Morningstar, and Tyshawn Taylor.

To read the full report from the Star, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. transam7816 - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Cool. I have multiple dealers as well.

  2. imforbigblue - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Here’s another thing KU has been busted on like the player who never finished high school when they win there last NC but the NCAA didn’t do shit then the whole ticket thing and getting players sent to KU and now this and I’ll bet still nothing happens to them. If this had been UK this would be all over espn and every news paper across the country calling for Cals head. Hell I’m starting to think is like dUKe unc the NCAA won’t do shit to them

    • dexterismyhero - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      You school paid multiple players for years with straight case homie. As in your other posts quite crying ya big baby.

  3. astrosfan75956 - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Legalize it clones.

  4. malcolmkyle - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Here are just a few of the many highly motivated athletes whose drug of choice is cannabis/marijuana:

    * Usain Bolt, the 2008 World Record holder of the 100 and 200 meter sprint.

    * Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer ever with 14 Olympic gold medals.

    * Tim Linecum, the National League baseball’s Cy Young Award winner for 2009.

    * Santonio Holmes, the Super Bowl XLII’s MVP.

    * Mark Stepnoski, two-time Super Bowl champion. “I’d rather smoke than take painkillers.”

    * Randy Moss, NFL single season touchdown reception record (23, set in 2007), and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17, in 1998). Moss has founded, and financed many charitable endeavors including the the Links for Learning foundation, formed in 2008.

    * Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots and defensive rebounds. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. He has a prescription to smoke marijuana in California, which he says he uses to control nausea and migraine headaches. He has been arrested twice for marijuana possession.

    Marijuana is used by the majority of top sportspeople everywhere:

    * “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason” – Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

    * “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?” – Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

    * “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,” – WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

    * Some of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

  5. hitwithafade - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    if somebody is making a living without paying the taxes I have to pay…breaking the law…then something is wrong….this ass backwards world we live in is because even at the top people pick and choose the laws that apply to them…if it isn’t weed it will be gambling or something else to push the threshold…I think weed should be legal…but if you break a law and get caught…the risk you took…is the price you pay…I don’t care if you are an athlete or the President…or some tool on the internet…pay your way in life

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