Former ECU Football Player Facing Drug Charges

A former ECU football player is one of three three people arrested in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Greenville.

Derek Blacknall was a defensive back for the Pirates last season. ECU says he is a current student at the university. He's been charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintain a dwelling for the sale of controlled substances and possess drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $25,000.

Blacknall and his twin brother, Cedric, and Christian Braxton, were arrested after the armed robbery of a woman at The Landing Apartment Complex early Tuesday morning.

Braxton was actually charged with the armed robbery, while Cedric Blacknall was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a stolen weapon.

Police say the victim told them she was robbed at gunpoint and that she felt she was set up by a friend. She provided them with the two Blacknall names, along with a description of the suspect's car.

Police found the car in the parking lot at 33 East Apartments, and saw some of the victim's stolen property inside.

Officers obtained a search warrant for Derek Blacknall's apartment and found 2 handguns and marijuana inside. They say Braxton was arrested as he tried to flee from them.

Police say their investigation in continuing and additional charges may be brought.


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