Former Buckeye Ray Small Arrested for Possession of Narcotics

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Former Ohio State and Glenville High School stand-out football player Ray Small has been charged with possessing a large amount of Oxycontin pills, according to authorities, and more charges could be forth-coming.

Lt. Anne Ralston with the Ohio State Highway Patrol tells Fox 8 News that Small, 24, was taken into custody on Sunday evening at 5:56 p.m. after troopers initiated a traffic stop for a vehicle in which he was a passenger.

Ralston says the trooper stopped the vehicle for speeding along State Route 33 in Pomeroy, Ohio, and after approaching the car detected a strong odor of marijuana.

A search of the vehicle discovered 243 Oxycontin pills, suspected heroin, marijuana and a loaded .25-calibur pistol.

Ralston says Small was charged with possession of narcotics, but adds that additional criminal charges could be filed as the investigation is ongoing.

Authorities at Meigs County jail tell Fox 8 News that Small has been released pending a March 15th hearing.

According to Ralston, the driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Alexis Ortega of Columbus, was cited on a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge.

Small last played for Ohio State in the Fall of 2009.