Four current and former UC athletes arrested on felony heroin charges

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four current and former University of Charleston student athletes are facing felony charges after being arrested late Saturday night at a motel in Charleston.

Kaimire Hodge, Juan Morgan, Justin Hall and Nicholas Covington were arrested by Charleston police officers Saturday on drug charges.

The school confirms two of the men, Covington and Morgan, were students and football players as of Saturday night. They say the other two, Hodge and Hall, were dismissed in the fall for academic reasons, but were previously student athletes on the football team.

According to criminal complaints obtained from Kanawha County magistrate court, Charleston police were investigating suspicious activity at a room in the Motel 6 in Kanawha City. A Charleston police officer says he smelled marijuana and asked to come into the room.

According to a criminal complaint, the man who opened the door gave the officer permission to come in. The officer says inside the room with the four men he found a handgun, small stamp baggies, digital scales, three mason jars with marijuana residue, a plastic bag with 27 bundles of heroin and large amounts of cash.

The criminal complaint says none of the four men admitted the heroin was theirs and at first claimed it was fake. The complaint says the substance tested positive for heroin.

As for the handgun police found, the criminal complaint says it had been stolen out of Virginia. The criminal complaint says Hodge confessed the weapon was his and told police he bought it from an unknown person for $400. Hodge's permanent address is listed as being in Richmond, Virginia.

Hodge, 20, was charged with felony receiving or transferring stolen goods and possession with intent to deliver heroin. His bond is set at $100,000.

Morgan, 19, was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. His bond is set at $75,000.

Hall, 18, was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. His bond is set at $75,000.

Covington, 19, was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. His bond is set at $75,000.

WSAZ has reached out to the University of Charleston and the football program for comment. The University of Charleston's Communications Director, David Traube, released the following statement to WSAZ:

"We are aware of the situation and are cooperating with authorities as they determine the specific details. The event occurred off campus and, at that time, only two of the individuals in question, Nic Covington and Juan Morgan, were active members of the UC football team. The two have since been dismissed. We will wait for the results of the investigation before providing any additional information."

There is no word right now when any of the men are due in court. All four are currently in the South Central Regional Jail.

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