A former University of Utah football player and another U. student have been indicted by a federal grand jury on nine drug-related counts, including using firearms in the course of an attempted sell.
Martel Black, 19, and Samuel Simmons, 18, were indicted Thursday and were scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Ronald Boyce. Together, the men face a total of five counts of distribution of illegal drugs, one count of possession with the intent to distribute, one conspiracy charge and two counts of using firearms in the course of a drug-trafficking crime.Black is charged with using or carrying a pump shotgun and two handguns and Simmons with using or carrying a pump shotgun in the course of the attempted sell of cocaine.
The undercover drug investigation was conducted over a two-month period by the U. police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
A 6-2, 225-pound junior from California, Black has been hailed as the most talented fullback ever to play at the U.
Darren Hughes, formerly a U. football player also, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of distribution of cocaine. However, he was not included in the grand jury indictment.