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Mitch Mustain Arrested: Ex-USC QB Held on Drug Charge

A former USC quarterback preparing for the NFL draft has been arrested for selling drugs to an undercover cop. Mitch Mustain, 22, who was a former backup quarterback, who finished in 2010, has been accused of selling prescription drugs, a felony. He was arrested and booked on $30,000 bail, according to Officer Bruce Borihanh, the LA Times reports. Mustain posted bail and has been released.

Mustain was in the process of preparing for the upcoming NFL combine/draft. If the allegations are true, it seems that Mustain was looking for a quick supplement to his income while seeking to land an NFL team. The arrest will likely cast his NFL hopes in serious doubt. NFL teams are increasingly hesitant to draft players with questionable paths, especially when they aren't considered potential stars.

Mitch Mustain was arrested as part of a sting operation, The Los Angeles Times reports. Most states treat the selling of prescription drugs as a felony offense. That means there is a serious risk of serving prison time if a defendant is found guilty.

Further, Mustain's supplier could also find him or herself in serious legal trouble. All states have medical licensing laws that trigger the loss or suspension of a medical license for criminal activity. Medical workers can also be charged criminally for selling or helping others gain access to prescription drugs. In addition, conspiracy, racketeering charges can come into play, which can have even more serious legal consequences.

Mitch Mustain transferred to USC from Arkansas in 2007 after going 8-0, after having a falling out with the coach.

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