UNC Basketball Recruit Arrested During Drug Bust
Posted February 4, 2004 1:30 a.m. EST
MEBANE, N.C. — The Alamance County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that JamesOn Curry -- who has signed to play basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next season and the state's all-time leading high-school scorer -- was arrested on drug charges Wednesday morning.
Sheriff's office spokesperson Randy Jones said Curry -- who goes to Eastern Alamance High School -- was among 49 Alamance County students arrested on charges of selling and possessing drugs during a sweep of the county's high schools.
All the suspects are charged with either selling, possessing, or using drugs like marijuana, Ecstasy, and OxyContin.
Curry is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of sale and delivery of marijuana, and two counts of possession and selling and delivering a controlled substance on school grounds.
The bust targeted all the schools in the Burlington-Alamance School System. Authorities said the bust culminated a five-month probe that was prompted by concerns of parents and school officials.
Officials said in addition to whatever action is imposed by the courts, students will face stiff penalties from the school system. All students will face at least a long-term suspension.
Eastern Alamance's next game is at home Friday against Northwood.
Curry scored 41 points in a 84-76 victory against High Point Andrews in December to set the state's career scoring record. He broke a record that had stood for 44 years, surpassing Cotton Clayton's mark of 2,758 points.
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