Kristen Finstad

Two N.C. State Players Face Drug Charges

Created on Dec. 06, 2013 3:02 PM EST

Two North Carolina State football players are facing drug charges after police visited their apartment as part of a sexual battery investigation.

The Wolfpack's leading rusher, junior Shadrach Thornton, is a suspect in a sexual battery case that was reported to university police Monday, but no charges have been filed. 

In attempt to further investigate the case, police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the apartment of Thornton and freshman safety J.J. Jones. 

The school said in a statement Thursday that coach Dave Doeren has suspended Thornton indefinitely, and that Jones already had confirmed that he has plans to transfer.

"The NC State Athletics Department takes any allegation of illegal activity very seriously," the school said, according to "We have university and athletic policies and procedures in place regarding our expectations of conduct for our students. ... We will await the outcome of the legal process before we comment further." 

Thornton, despite being suspended for the season opener for an arrest involving assault on a female in June, has rushed for 768 yards and four touchdowns this season. 

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