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Gyasi Cline-Heard: From Penn State Star to Leader of a Drug and Gun Ring in Florida?

Who remembers Gyasi Cline-Heard? Probably a small portion of college basketball fans. He was a role player at Penn State in the late 90s, and then, as a senior, he averaged 16.0 ppg and 8.2 rpg. Memorably, he went for 19-9 against UNC in a major second round NCAA Tournament upset.

(Hardcore college hoops fans remember that as the end of Joe Forte’s career – the UNC star entered the NBA draft after the loss and was never heard from again.)

Cline-Heard, who is the son of former NBA player and coach Garfield Heard, was able to parlay his senior season into a brief overseas career. Why the hell are we talking about Gyasi Cline-Heard? Take it away, Tampa Bay Times:

On Feb. 10, Cline-Heard, 32, was arrested on charges he was the leader of a drug and gun ring in Pasco and Pinellas. He and a 25-year-old woman, Jessica Colon, were picked up during a raid at her house in Tarpon Springs …

Four dozen guns were found during the raids. The enormity of the stockpile of weapons — most of them assault rifles and machine guns with rounds that could easily penetrate officer’s vests and cruisers — shocked investigators …

Undercover vice agents bought cocaine and a gun from Heard before the bust, Nocco said. In the course of 11 transactions since November, undercover officers bought more than 617 grams of cocaine — crack and powder — and one .380-caliber

Leader on NCAA basketball court becomes leader of Pasco drug ring, authorities say [Times]

 

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