UA safety Patrick Onwuasor played in 12 of Arizona's 13 games last season as a freshman and had 36 tackles.


Arizona Wildcats safety Patrick Onwuasor is facing drug-related charges after Tucson police say they found drugs and a weapon in his apartment.

Onwuasor, 20, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony drug offense and possession of narcotics paraphernalia, police said in a news release Tuesday. He was arraigned Monday.

Onwuasor remains enrolled in school, according to the UA's online directory.

However, Onwuasor is off the team, UA coach Rich Rodriguez said in a written statement Tuesday afternoon.

"We are aware of the situation with Patrick Onwuasor. He has been removed from the program," the statement said.

Onwuasor's arrest stemmed from an investigation into a home invasion on Tucson's west side, the news release stated.

Though police noted Onwuasor was not connected to the home invasion, a subsequent search of his north-side apartment yielded the drugs, police said.

The home invasion occurred in late April, and initially the people involved were unknown to authorities, police said.

The case was revived in June, when police in Beverly Hills, Calif., contacted Tucson police and gave detectives information they discovered during an incident that occurred there, the release stated. Tucson police then served a search warrant at an apartment believed to be Onwuasor's, the release stated.

Police found drugs, paraphernalia and a weapon in Onwuasor's room, the release stated.

A warrant was issued for Onwuasor's arrest on July 18. He was released following Monday's arraignment.

Nicknamed "Peanut," the Inglewood, Calif., native played in 12 of the UA's 13 games last season and had 36 tackles.

He served primarily as a backup, but was expected to compete for a starting role as a sophomore this fall.

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