Arizona Wildcats football: UA safety charged with four felonies, dropped from team

2013-07-23T16:06:00Z 2013-07-23T18:05:32Z Arizona Wildcats football: UA safety charged with four felonies, dropped from teamDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 23, 2013 4:06 pm  • 

Arizona Wildcats safety Patrick Onwuasor has been charged with four felonies, including three drug-related offenses, the Tucson Police Department said today in a news release.

Onwuasor, 20, has been charged with 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, the news release stated. Onwuasor was arraigned Monday, the release stated.

Onwuasor's arrest stemmed from an investigation into an April home invasion on Tucson's west side, the release stated. Onwuasor was charged after Tucson police executed a search warrant in his midtown apartment. However, has not been arrested or charged in the home invasion, the release stated. 

Onwuasor remains enrolled in school, according to the UA's online directory. However, UA coach Rich Rodriguez issued a statement this afternoon saying Onwuasor is no longer with the team.

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

The Inglewood, Calif., native played in 12 of the UA’s 13 games last season and had 36 tackles. He served as a backup, but was expected to compete for a starting role as a sophomore this fall. Onwuasor started his college career as a wide receiver. 

Read more in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star. 

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