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Former Michigan State Player Diego Oquendo Arrested For Allegedly Selling Heroin

A former Big Ten college football player was arrested.

Diego Oquendo, a former Staten Island high school football star who became a coach at his alma mater has been arrested for allegedly selling heroin to an undercover cop. According to New York Daily News, Oquendo was arrested on Thursday during an undercover buy.

From the report:

Diego Oquendo, 32, was busted Thursday during an undercover buy on Bloomingdale Road and Veterans Road West in Rossville — about 3 miles from Tottenville High School, where he played as a teen and now works as an assistant football coach.

Police busted Oquendo with Terry Kinnicutt, 38, police said. More heroin, as well as equipment to weigh and package the drug, was found in the home, police said.

Sporting a dark green jacket and blue jeans, Oquendo said nothing as a judge ordered him held on $10,000 bail Friday.

The Department of Education fired Oquendo once it learned of his arrest, a spokesman said.

“This alleged behavior is extremely troubling and we’ve taken immediate steps to terminate Mr. Oquendo’s employment,” DOE spokesman Michael Aciman said.

Oquendo's lawyer disputed the charges by saying, “I think they’re going to have very strong problems with this case, end of story."

The former high school star played sparingly for the Spartans playing 11 games on special teams as freshman in 2005. He only saw action in 3 games in during his sophomore campaign. He was listed on the Michigan State roster in 2007, but never saw the field.