Troubled college basketball player busted for drugs

FRESNO — A former Fresno State basketball player was arrested Monday on drug charges at his south central home. Former Bulldog guard Dwight O’Neil had rock cocaine, marijuana, a digital scale, bags and $2,850 in cash when Fresno police conducted the April 19 search of his residence on the 3000 block of East White Avenue.

Police originally began investigating the 24-year-old’s activities in late March, after an informant tipped off investigators to O’Neil’s alleged involvement in dealing drugs. The informant told police that he had been buying rock cocaine from O’Neil for some time. O’Neil kept the cocaine in a freezer, the informant told police.

O’Neil was found inside his home Monday counting cash on the kitchen table. He was found along with 8.9 grams of rock cocaine and 3.9 ounces of packaged marijuana. Two cell phones were also confiscated. He was booked on suspicion of drug sales and for being under the influence of drugs, which was believed to have been cocaine, according to a report by Fresno police Capt. Dennis Bridges.

Another man inside O’Neil’s home was also arrested. Willie Deloney, 34, was arrested on an unrelated charge of felony domestic violence. A 16-year-old runaway at the home was taken to Fresno County Child Protective Services.

This is the second time in less than 16 months that O’Neil has been in trouble with the law. In January 2009, he was arrested for driving with a suspended license and served a six-day jail sentence. California State University, Fresno reinstated the troubled student Feb. 24 to resume his basketball career.

O’Neil also served a one-game suspension during the 2008-09 basketball season for what head coach Steve Cleveland called inappropriate behavior during and after a game against Nevada.

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