No link between MSU assistant, heroin arrests

TOWNSEND

TOWNSEND

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

A Mississippi State assistant football coach had no involvement in activities that led to the arrest of two men on an out-of-state property he owns, the school said Monday.

Price Montgomery, 33, and James Perrin, 35, were arrested as part of a large heroin bust in Mount Washington, Pa., on Sunday night, at a home owned by MSU cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend.

“Coach Townsend employs a rental agent to conduct his affairs regarding this property and in no way is associated with the activities that may have occurred at a property rented by him to others,” according to a statement issued on Monday afternoon by Mississippi State

Seized in the raid at the Allegheny County residence, according to CBS affiliate KDKA, were 1,500 bricks of heroin including 75,000 stamped bags, 16 firearms, two luxury vehicles, over $100,000 in cash and jewelry, Cuban cigars and a live chicken.

“The property in question was the subject of a lease purchase agreement executed in March 2012,” the MSU statement said. “Neither individuals arrested were signatories to the March 2012 lease agreement.”

Townsend spent 13 years as a cornerback in the NFL and won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh. His final NFLseason was in 2010 with Indianapolis.

The former University of Alabama standout, a Batesville native, joined Dan Mullen’s staff in January 2013.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com