Former Wolverine Justin Feagin arraigned on conspiracy, drug charges
A former Michigan football player was arraigned Monday on charges stemming from a botched drug deal, authorities said.
Justin Feagin, 20, was charged with three felonies: conspiracy to deliver less than 50 grams of cocaine, conspiracy to possess 25 to 49 grams of cocaine and conspiracy to possess less than 25 grams of cocaine.
U-M public safety spokeswoman Diane Brown said Feagin is accused of accepting $600 from a co-conspirator in the case, Timothy Burke. The money was to be sent to Florida to acquire cocaine.
The two men, both U-M students at the time, had a falling out, and the cocaine never arrived, police said. Burke then set a fire in the West Quad dormitory in March in an attempt to scare Feagin, but the fire didn't occur nearÂ Feagin's room, Brown said. No one was injured in the minor fire.
Burke was previously convicted of arson of real property in that case and was placed on three years of probation, police said. Burke was arraigned last week on the same drug-related charges that Feagin now faces.
Coach Rich Rodriguez kicked Feagin, a sophomore receiver, off the team in July for "a violation of team rules." He has since left the university, Brown said.
Burke is still listed as a student, but is not registered, the university said.
Both men remain free on personal bond. Burke is set to appear in court on the charges Wednesday, while Feagin has a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 4.
The conspiracy to deliver charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while the conspiracy to possess cocaine charges are punishable by up to four years in prison.
In August, the Detroit Free Press reportedÂ that Feagin's downfall started with a plan to have a friend in Florida send cocaine to Ann Arbor for fellow student Burke to sell on campus.