Federal prosecutors might be looking at the Jayhawks basketball program concerning a large-scale marijuana ring. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
University of Kansas basketball players who played for the team during the 2010-2011 season were implicated by a man alleging he supplied the players with marijuana, according to a federal prosecutor. The prosecutor also says the man is part of a large-scale marijuana distribution ring, the Kansas City Star reports.
Samuel Villeareal, 32, was one of 25 defendants charged June 11 in U.S. District Court with conspiring over a four-year period to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of “high-grade” marijuana in Johnson and Douglas counties.
Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger told the paper he didn’t have knowledge of the case and Kansas basketball coach Bill Self declined to comment as well.
“At one occasion law enforcement had Mr. Villeareal this basketball season at the Sprint Center sitting behind the KU basketball bench with a number of the players,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead said. “So we know that he had probably not only a personal relationship with them but a professional relationship as well.”
The newspaper said they tried to contact the members of the 2010-11 team and reached four of them by phone. Two of them, center Jeff Withey and Royce Woolridge, who has since transferred said they didn't know who Villeareal was.