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Undercover officers talk about ETSU basketball arrests

Basketball players arrested

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - We're learning more facts about the arrest of two ETSU men's basketball players. We sat down with the undercover officers leading the investigation to find out where it all started.

ETSU's men's basketball teamed rallied to pull out a win Tuesday night despite two key players not making the trip. According to a university spokesman, seniors Sheldon Cooley and Marcus Dubose have been suspended indefinitely from the team following their arrest on drug charges.

The arrests have students talking around campus. Drew Singleton told us it's "not really surprising given the stuff that went on last year."

Cooley and Dubose were arrested by members of the First Judicial District Drug Task Force. We sat down with the undercover officer leading the investigation; he tells us the players were arrested after university Post Office officials called his office about a suspicious package. "There was a package to be delivered to Mr. Dubose," the man explained. "We decided to wait for Mr. Dubose to accept the package."

Agents tell us the shipment contained several ounces of marijuana. Dubose was arrested and charged with drug possession for resale.

Officers then searched the on-campus apartment Dubose shares with teammate Sheldon Cooley. "That was to look for more evidence of drug trafficking, or more drugs in his apartment," the undercover officer explained.

Officers say they found scales commonly used to weigh marijuana; Dubose and Cooley both denied owning them.

Both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers tell us a second shipment arrived Tuesday; it is now up to the postmaster to determine what happens with it.

With the loss of the team's top scorers, students we talked with say they are wondering what this means for the basketball season.

Agents say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

You may recall Sheldon Cooley was charged in 2011 for filing a false police report after a robbery at his on-campus apartment. He was convicted and given probation.

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