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Ohio State player arrested on drug charge

December 9, 1997

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Jermon Jackson, a reserve tailback for Ohio State, was arrested Tuesday on marijuana and traffic charges, police said.

Jackson was arrested about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, said Alonda Hairston, a police clerk. He was charged with misdemeanor drug abuse, driving under suspension and having no operator’s license.

He also had two outstanding traffic warrants.

The senior from Ironton, Ohio, who primarily has been a backup player in his college career, was redshirted this season because of an injury.

Police said they pulled over Jackson just east of campus after he made an illegal U-turn. Officers found a quantity of marijuana in his possession and took him into custody, Hairston said.

He was released after paying the fines on his outstanding warrants.

Police said Jackson will be summoned to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Jackson could not be reached for comment.

Gerry Emig, assistant sports information director at the university, said he was unaware of the arrest and deferred comment.

Athletic director Andy Geiger and coach John Cooper were in New York on Tuesday for an awards banquet and couldn’t be reached for comment.

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