Investigators: Ajiboye involved in drug deal

Suspended USC lineman arrested last month for marijuana possession

jperson@thestate.comMarch 21, 2009 

Ladi Ajiboye

Suspended South Carolina defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye was arrested, field booked and released last month after Richland County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators said they observed Ajiboye participate in a drug deal in Columbia.

Ajiboye, a sophomore from Riverdale, Ga., is charged with simple possession of marijuana, according to court records.

Ajiboye, who has started 22 games his first two seasons at USC, has not attended any of the Gamecocks’ first four spring practices. USC coach Steve Spurrier said this week Ajiboye was suspended indefinitely for “team reasons,” adding coaches would “see how it turns out a week or two from now.”

According to the incident report, shortly after midnight on Feb. 21 at the intersection of Harden and Lady streets, investigators witnessed Ajiboye engage in a “hand-to-hand transaction” with another person. The other person was not identified in the report.

After Ajiboye returned to a car driven by USC offensive lineman Terrence Campbell, sheriff’s personnel followed the 2004 Ford Crown Victoria and pulled it over after Campbell failed to signal for a turn, authorities said.

They found evidence of marijuana use and five grams of pot between the two front seats, which Ajiboye admitted belonged to him, the report stated.

“Our narcotic agents witnessed a drug transaction,” sheriff’s department spokesman Chris Cowan said. “They saw him get into the car. They made the stop. He was arrested.”

Campbell, a redshirt junior who started nine games at guard last season, was not charged in the incident.

Attempts to reach Ajiboye on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Ajiboye missed practice time last August after breaking his right hand while working as a bouncer, but returned to play in every game last season. He finished with 22 tackles, including a season-high five stops in a loss at Vanderbilt.

Reach Person at (803) 771-8496.

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