JamesOn Curry arrested

- Inside Carolina
Posted Feb 4, 2004

Mebane (N.C.) Eastern Alamance senior JamesOn Curry, who signed a letter of intent to play basketball at North Carolina in November, was among 49 area students arrested this morning.

Curry, the state's all-time scoring leader, was arrested on 6 drug-related felony charges, according to Alamance County Sheriff's Department records.

"Curry was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of sale and delivery of marijuana, and two counts of sale, possession, and delivery of a controlled substance on school grounds," said Deputy Randy Jones, the Public Information Officer for the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office. "The ultimate dispensation of his case will take into account prior record and totality of circumstance, but I am unable to comment specifically about the possible end results of the case.”

Curry's arrest was a part of a major drug sweep this morning by local authorities.

“The arrests made today were the culmination of a five month investigation by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Burlington and Graham Police Departments," Jones said. "The investigation was requested by the superintendent of the school system and came as a result of over three years of increasing requests from parents for such an investigation.

"At the beginning of the school year, undercover officers were placed in each school and have been gathering evidence since that time. The first arrests, of those no longer students or outside the school system, were made as early as five o’clock this morning, and the final arrests were made at approximately 8:30. The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office made 22 arrests out of 49 planned arrests throughout the operation. Whether all 49 were arrested cannot be confirmed at this time."

The 18-year-old Curry scored 47 points in a 93-72 win over Graham last night at Eastern Alamance High School.

"It’s very disturbing, but it’s surprising – that’s probably the biggest thing," said UNC head coach Roy Williams. "I’m just learning everything about it just like you guys are. It happened today, so I don’t have enough information at this time. He does not play for me, he’s not under my watch.

"I do have certain thoughts and feelings that are going through my mind that are personal and will stay that way. It’s so new and no one has any great information right now and again he doesn’t play for me – he’s not here. If there needs to be a decision made at some time, I’ll make that decision. If I do, he and his family will know about it first. And if I don’t need to make a decision, I won’t."

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