|Deshea Townsend was a fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 1998.|
A Pittsburgh residence owned by Mississippi State assistant coach Deshea Townsend, a former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, was the site of a massive drug bust in which police arrested two men Sunday night. However, Townsend was not arrested and there's no indication he was involved.
The Mississippi State athletics department released a statement Monday saying Townsend was "in no way" associated with the incident and that the individuals arrested were not those signed to the lease for the property.
"Deshea Townsend has learned that arrests occurred at a property titled in his name in the Mount Washington area of Pittsburgh," the department said in the statement. "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."
Police arrested Price Montgomery and James Perrin, and the DEA recovered 75,000 stamped bags of heroin, according to CBSPittsburgh.
The Attorney General's Office is expected to release more details Monday.
Police also reportedly recovered 16 firearms, more than $100,000 in cash and jewelry, two luxury vehicles, Cuban cigars and a live chicken. Townsend had a 13-year NFL career as a cornerback, 12 of them with the Steelers, before playing his final season with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010. The former Alabama star coaches cornerbacks at Mississippi State.
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