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Channing Trotter, Ex-UNLV Running Back, Caught With Weed, Heroin, and Gun, Cops Say

Channing Trotter, a former running back at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, was pulled over in Mesa yesterday after leaving what police describe as a "known drug house."

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Trotter was arrested for the second time this year after police found marijuana, heroin, "several drug pipes," syringes, and a handgun inside his vehicle.

Trotter was pulled over police ran his license plate while he was parked at the "drug house," and found that Trotter had a felony warrant for his arrest, as Trotter was arrested in February on charges of theft and trafficking in stolen property.

Trotter told the arresting officer that he doesn't use heroin -- anymore -- and that the syringes were for injecting human growth hormone, according to the documents.

Although Trotter claimed he stopped doing heroin "months ago," the substance was found in his backpack, and Trotter said that's his backpack, the documents state.

Trotter, now 26, played high school football at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, graduating in 2005, and by 2009, he was the starting running back at UNLV -- which isn't exactly one of the most prestigious college football programs, but it's a Division I program nonetheless.

According to a 2009 Las Vegas Sun article -- about another time Trotter was arrested -- Trotter's father is a retired policeman, and Trotter himself was a criminal justice major at UNLV.

He was jailed on three felony drug charges, as well as an additional felony charge for possessing a weapon in a drug offense.


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