Two men were arrested Sunday as part of a heroin bust at a Pennsylvania home owned by Mississippi State assistant football coach Deshea Townsend according to a report by KDKA, a CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh.
A MSU spokesperson says Townsend owns the home, but rents it to tenants and does not know the two men who were arrested.
“Deshea Townsend has learned that arrests occurred at a property titled in his name in the Mount Washington area of Pittsburgh,” a statement released by MSU read. “Although Coach Townsend has not been associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2010, he continues to own investment property in the Pittsburgh area. The property in question was the subject of a lease purchase agreement executed in March 2012. Neither individuals arrested were signatories to the March 2012 lease agreement. Coach Townsend employs a rental agent to conduct his affairs regarding this property and in no way is associated with the activities that may have occurred at a property rented by him to others.”
Townsend just completed his first year as the cornerbacks coach under Dan Mullen.
According to the report, the police and DEA seized 1,500 bricks of heroin (75,000 stamped bags), over $100,000 in cash and jewelry, 16 firearms, two luxury vehicles, Cuban cigars and a live chicken from the house located in Mount Washington, Penn.
The two suspects were identified as 33-year old Price Montgomery and 35-year old James Perrin.
Townsend, a graduate of South Panola High School, played at Alabama before playing 10 of his 11 seasons in he NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He won two Super Bowls while with the Steelers.
He played his last season with the Arizona Cardinals.