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NCCU basketball player facing drug charges

Posted March 8, 2012 5:12 p.m. EST
Updated March 8, 2012 5:25 p.m. EST

— A North Carolina Central University basketball player was arrested Thursday after Durham County deputies found marijuana and thousands of dollars of cash in his apartment.

Deputies searched 5308 Penrith Drive, Apt. F, and found 84 grams of marijuana, $12,008 in cash and drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

Landon Christopher Clement, 23, and Kalifa Fletcher, 20, were each charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for drug distribution and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Clement, a senior guard from Raleigh, hasn't played for the Eagles since Dec. 6 because of an injury, N.C. Central Associate Athletics Director Kyle Serba said.

Basketball coach LeVelle Moton said he was disappointed that the welfare one of his players was compromised.

"As coaches, we try to nurture and provide the necessary resources for these young men to be successful. We constantly talk about the impact of making positive decisions; then we hope and pray they make positive decisions when faced with daily temptations,” Moton said in a statement.

Clement and Fletcher were being held in the Durham County jail under $10,000 bonds.