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Griz football player arrested on felony drug charge, suspended from team

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Oct 28 2012 07:17:43 PM MDT
Updated On: Oct 28 2012 09:16:25 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

A University of Montana football player was booked in jail early Sunday morning on a drug charge, and has been dismissed from the team.

According to the Missoula County jail roster 20-year-old Trevor Poole from Spokane was taken to jail around 4 a.m. for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

Poole, a red shirt sophomore is listed as an offensive tackle for the Griz. He played in Saturday's home game against Idaho State.

UM Athletic Director Kent Haslam told NBC Montana Sunday night, that Poole is indefinitely suspended from the football team.

"Obviously it's disappointing, we want people to make good decisions all the time," said Haslam.

That punishment is according to the UM's Student Athlete Conduct Code. A felony arrest is a 'Category I Violation.'

"When any student athlete is charged with a felony that is categorized as a Category I offense, and that student athlete is suspended indefinitely or dismissed from the team, and that is the case here too," Haslam said.

Haslam said he got a call from head football coach Mick Delaney early Sunday morning about the incident. Then the Athletic Conduct Team was notified and made the decision. Haslam said he was also in close contact with UM President Royce Engstrom.

There are four drug related arrests listed on Missoula County's Daily Public Report from overnight. All four occurred in the area of Disco Bloodbath III, a Halloween party off Highway 93.

The jail roster lists Missoula Police as making the arrest. The police department is referring all questions about the incident to the Missoula County Attorney's Office.

Poole is scheduled to appear in Missoula County Justice Court Monday afternoon.

NBC Montana will keep you updated.