SKHS grad among Minot State players arrested for drugs

Five Minot State University football players, including a South Kitsap High School graduate, were arrested in late August on misdemeanor drug charges in North Dakota.

The Associated Press reported four members of the team — Kwajo Bansu, 22, Thomas Armstrong, 19, Grant Jansent, 18 and Leon La Deaux, 21 — were each charged with marijuana possession and ingesting a controlled substance, which are both misdemeanors.

La Deaux, who transferred to Minot State from Central Washington University, graduated in 2010 from South. He plays wide receiver.

Another member of the team, linebacker Jesse Ili, faces three misdemeanor and three felony charges, including attempted murder, after he fought with police officers, knocking one out and leaving another with minor injuries.

According to the police report, the incident occurred Aug. 30 when officers responded to a report of suspected drug use in a vehicle parked off-campus in Minot, which is about 50 miles south of North Dakota’s border with Canada.

MSU officials released a statement Aug. 31 that all five players were suspended.


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