A house owned by Mississippi State cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend was busted by police on Sunday night. According to CBS Pittsburgh, initial reports are that Townsend is not involved. Two men, 33-year-old Price Montgomery and 35-year-old James Perrin, were taken into custody.
Following is the long, and very random list of items police seized at the Mount Washington property:
Law enforcement and the DEA seized 1,500 bricks of heroin (75,000 stamped bags), 16 firearms, more than $100,000 in cash and jewelry, two luxury vehicles, Cuban cigars and a live chicken.
Townsend played cornerback at the University of Alabama, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998 – where he played through the 2009 season. He spent a portion of the 2010 season with the Indianapolis Colts before retiring and taking up a career in coaching.
*UPDATE* Mississippi State University released the following statement on the situation involving Townsend’s house.
“Deshea Townsend has learned that arrests occurred at a property titled in his name in the Mount Washington area of Pittsburgh. 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.”