Defensive back was Jason Horton arrested 12/22/99 and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a place for controlled substances. Police seized two firearms, 7.5 ounces of marijuana, $3200, and a set of scales.
12/25/99 UNC Football Players Arrested on Drug and Weapons Charges DURHAM -- A 19-year-old football player at the University of North Carolina was arrested on drug and weapons charges Wednesday at a police checkpoint where more than 60 officers were looking for contraband headed into Durham. Jason Horton, a sophomore from Ahoskie, and two other men were headed south on Interstate 85 and pulled over when signs warned of a checkpoint ahead, Rodney Beckom, an agent with the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, said Friday. They stopped just before reaching Operation Season's Greetings at the Glenn School Road exit at the northeast corner of town and pulled behind a car that turned out to be an undercover police vehicle. Horton and his two companions were arrested just before authorities closed the checkpoint at 8:30 p.m., Beckom said. "They were the last people we caught before we shut down," he said. "It started slowing down considerably. That's when they pulled off behind the undercover vehicle." Two undercover officers saw them holding something and fidgeting in their car, Beckom said. The undercover officers, a Durham officer and an ALE agent, called for backup and the car was searched. Officers and agents seized two firearms, 7 1/2 ounces of marijuana, $3,200 and a set of scales, Beckom said. Horton was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a place for controlled substances. Also arrested were Bradford O'Neal Horton, 23, of Ahoskie, and Durrell Richard Bowers, 19, of Franklin, Va. The two Hortons are related, Beckom said. Bradford Horton faces charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana. Bowers is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number. The three men were taken to the Durham County jail, and bail was set at $10,000 for Jason Horton, $8,500 for Bowers and $7,500 for Bradford Horton. All three later posted bond and were released. Jason Horton, a former walk-on at UNC, was a starter at safety in three games for the Tar Heels this season and appeared in 10 of the team's 11 games. He finished with one interception and 24 tackles. He faces being suspended from the team. Under athletics department policy, a player charged with a felony is suspended until legal proceedings are complete. Horton came from Hertford County High, where he played defensive back and wide receiver. He was named Roanoke-Chowan Defensive Player of the Year and Hertford County High School Player of the Year. Operation Season's Greetings, conducted from noon to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, was a joint effort involving officers and agents from eight agencies. The purpose was to catch drugs, weapons and other illegal items coming into Durham by car via I-85. Forty-four people were arrested on 81 charges. Horton is the second UNC football player to be arrested this year. Former defensive lineman Brian Norwood pleaded guilty in November to two felony charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor and has been sentenced to 16 to 20 months in prison. He faces probation once released. Norwood was one of 10 men arrested in August and indicted on various sexual charges involving a girl who was 11 at the time. The incidents took place in 1996 and 1997. He was placed in Polk Youth Center in Butner.