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Ohio State LB Cooper Charged

April 28, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio State linebacker Marco Cooper was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and drug abuse after university police pulled him over for running a red light late Saturday.

A 9 mm handgun and a bag containing 12 white pills, which officers later determined was Ecstasy, were found in the center console of Cooper’s sport utility vehicle, police said Sunday.

The 19-year-old Cooper was stopped late Saturday, just hours after playing in the Buckeyes’ intrasquad spring scrimmage.

According to the arrest report, Cooper was driving without a license and gave officers permission to retrieve a temporary permit from his glove compartment.

An officer found a marijuana pipe in the passenger side door handle and ammunition for the handgun between the driver’s seat and the center console. The officer then found the gun and the Ecstasy in the center console, the report said.

Because the gun charge is a felony, Cooper was being held without bond Sunday in the Franklin County jail. He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, a jail officer said.

Cooper also was charged with several traffic violations. Jeffrey Howells, a passenger in the car, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cooper’s status for the upcoming season has not been determined, athletic director Andy Geiger said Sunday after speaking with coach Jim Tressel.

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