Former Ohio State player pleads to drug charges

Ray Small
This 2010 file photo shows former Ohio State football wide receiver Ray Small wearing a Minnesota Vikings uniform. Small told the school's student newspaper that he sold Big Ten championship rings and other memorabilia for cash and got special car deals as an athlete during his playing days. The Lantern reported that Small, who played for the Buckeyes from 2006-2010, said "everyone was doing it" on the team. (AP Photo/File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State University football player previously caught up in the school’s memorabilia scandal faces a four-year prison term after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.

Ray Small is to be sentenced April 3 after pleading guilty Monday in Columbus to three felony counts of drug trafficking. He also faces drug trafficking charges in Meigs County in southeastern Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/MqRoiV ) reports that the 26-year-old Small was indicted in July, three months after Columbus police found heroin and prescription pain and anti-anxiety pills during a search of his apartment.

Small, a wide receiver at OSU from 2006 to 2009, was one of several players involved in a high-profile football memorabilia scandal that led to the forced resignation of coach Jim Tressel.

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