Update: Acadia University has since informed Global News that Daniel Obiang left the football program earlier in the season. This post has been updated to reflect the information.
Nova Scotia RCMP have charged a former member of the Acadia Axemen football team with drug possession after an incident last week in Wolfville, N.S.
According to a press release, officers stopped a vehicle after it was observed driving the wrong way on a one-way street on Nov. 9 at 7:45 p.m.
When the driver got out of the vehicle, a plastic bag containing crack cocaine reportedly fell from his clothing and police arrested the man without incident for drug possession.
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When the driver was searched, police allegedly located three more bags of cocaine and a bag of marijuana on him.
The car was also searched and police found additional cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a knife and cash.
In total, 51 g of crack cocaine and 225 g of marijuana were seized during the traffic stop.
The driver, Daniel Obiang of Wolfville, is facing charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
The 20-year-old was released later that day.
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Obiang was listed as a running back for the Acadia Axeman on the Acadia Athletics website on Tuesday but was removed shortly after RCMP released the news of the arrest.
Scott Roberts, a spokesperson for Acadia, says that Daniel Obiang has not been an active member of the football program “for some time” and said the decision to remove Obiang’s page was done in an attempt to avoid confusion over his affiliation with the team.
“It would not be appropriate for anyone other than the RCMP to comment on a an ongoing case where an individual has been charged,” said Roberts.
Obiang is scheduled to appear in Kentville Provincial Court on Jan. 16, 2018.