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Penn State's Watkins facing drug paraphernalia possession charge

Penn State redshirt sophomore forward Mike Watkins is facing one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. (Penn State Athletics)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State redshirt sophomore forward Mike Watkins is facing one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to police, the incident took place Wednesday at Nittany Apartments after officers reponded to reports that Watkins might be in possession of an unregistered firearm.

During an interview, police said Watkins consented to a search of his apartment and officers found three .40-caliber rounds from a green suitcase and a grinder containing marijuana in his Penn State-issued basketball duffel bag, but no weapon was found. According to police, Watkins said, "Where were the bullets? I didn't know they were there." In reference to the grinder, police said Watkins said, "Ahh, that's old... man."

Watkins was arraigned Monday and has a preliminary hearing set for July.

"We are aware of the incident and take this situation seriously. We hold our student-athletes to high standards and will address this violation of team rules," said Associate Athletic Director Jeff Nelson.

The redshirt sophomore led the Nittany Lions in rebounding last season with 8.9 per game and was third on the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game.

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