Found March 08, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Akron's special season has hit a stunning snag. Zips starting point guard Alex Abreu pleaded not guilty to trafficking and possession of marijuana on Friday, hours before his teammates played rival Kent State in their regular-season finale - on senior night - without the junior floor general and inspirational leader. Abreu has been suspended indefinitely, pending the outcome of the police investigation. Abreu appeared via closed-circuit TV from jail in Akron Municipal Court. On Thursday, the 21-year-old and Austin L. Durgala, 18, were arrested by police for allegedly accepting a package containing 5 pounds of marijuana. According to police, narcotic-unit detectives arrested Abreu and Durgala at the latter's residence. Abreu's bond was set at $5,000. He is due back in court March 22, when the Zips hope to be playing in the NCAA tournament. But without Abreu, Akron's run to make the NCAA field for the third time since 2009 will be much more challenging. Although the Zips (24-5, 14-1) recently won 19 straight games and will be the No. 1 seed in next week's Mid-American Conference tournament, they'll need to win the tourney to get the league's automatic NCAA bid. If Akron doesn't capture the championship, there's no guarantee they'll get one of the coveted at-large bids awarded by the selection committee. The MAC has not had two teams in the NCAA tourney since 1999. With experience, size, balance and depth, these Zips have all the makings of one that could bust brackets in March. Abreu, a three-year starter who found his way to Akron from his native Puerto Rico, averages 10.3 points and 6.3 assists, many of them going to 7-foot center Zeke Marshall, who gives Akron an inside presence to play with any team from any conference. Beyond his stat line, the fiery Abreu has had a steadying hand for the Zips, who had the nation's longest winning streak before they were beaten last week at Buffalo - Akron's first loss since Dec. 15. Akron had lost a pair of non-conference games while Abreu was hurt, and Dambrot was hoping the NCAA selection committee would take that into account if the Zips were under consideration. Now, assuming Abreu's suspension continues, his off-the-floor issues could keep Akron out unless they can avoid being knocked out of the always competitive MAC tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. During an interview with The Associated Press last month, Akron coach Keith Dambrot praised Abreu's toughness for playing through a sprained ankle earlier this season. Abreu said he didn't even know which state Akron was in before he visited the school, and was proud that the Zips were finally getting some national recognition because of their winning streak. ''We deserve more respect than we have gotten,'' he said. ''We have a wonderful coach and a wonderful program.'' Freshman Carmelo Betancourt is expected to start in place of Abreu. Betancourt, who is also from Puerto Rico, has made one start this season and averages 1.8 points and 1.4 assists.

Akron guard Abreu arrested, suspended

University of Akron point guard Alex Abreu has been suspended indefinitely after his arrest on marijuana trafficking charges Thursday afternoon. Narcotics officers made the arrest late Thursday afternoon after intercepting a delivery intended for Abreu. The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Abreu remains in Summit County Jail. A University of Akron statement said Abreu's...

Akron guard Alex Abreu arrested on felony drug charge

The Akron Zips are one of those mid-major teams that everyone believes can make a lot of noise in a couple of weeks when the NCAA Tournament begins, but it appears as if they are going to be doing it without their star guard, Alex Abreu, as he is was arrested on Thursday for multiple felony charges. According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, the All-MAC junior was arrested by undercover...

Akron's Basketball Star Alex Abreu Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges

On Thursday, the Akron Zips basketball team received some shocking and sad news that their basketball star Alex Abreu has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested on drug-trafficking charges.According to a report, Abreu, 21, and Austin L. Durgala, 18, were caught and arrested for trafficking marijuana and possession of marijuana. The two were charged after detectives seized...

Akron Guard Alex Abreu Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges

I guess Abreu was more interested in being the next Rick Ross (the drug dealer not the rapper), than the March Madness. He will be spending the rest of March trying to figure out how to stay out of jail. Deadspin has the details. The Akron Zips will be without the services of starting point guard Alex Abreu after the All-MAC junior found himself in jail today facing multiple felony...

Akron suspends Abreu following arrest

Akron point guard Alex Abreu was suspended Thursday after he was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana. A team spokesman said the indefinite suspension is pending the outcome of a police investigation. In an emailed statement, the spokesman said the university is gathering information and questions about the investigation should be directed to the Akron...

Akron Zips starter suspended after arrest for drug trafficking

Akron Zips starting point guard Alex Abreu was arrested Thursday on multiple felony drug charges after reportedly accepting a shipment of marijuana from undercover cops.According to the police report, Abreu and another man accepted delivery of a package containing approximately five pounds of marijuana.The package had been intercepted at a local courier service after a K-9 unit detected...

Kent St. 68, Akron 64

Darren Goodson set a career high with 19 points as Kent State upset Akron 68-64 Friday night as the first-place Zips played their first game without their starting point guard. The Golden Flashes (19-12, 9-7 Mid-American Conference) beat an Akron team without Alex Abreu, who was arrested this week on charges of trafficking and possessing marijuana. Abreu pled not guilty earlier...
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