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UNCC football player arrested on drug charges

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte 49ers running back Alan Barnwell (24) takes the handoff from quarterback Matt Johnson (8) in the first quarter at UNC Charlotte Saturday, November 9, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Redshirt freshman Alan Barnwell, in the tunnel the 49ers will run through to get to the field, will start at running back.
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    - Photo courtesy of Mecklenburg Sheriff’s office.
    Running back Alan Barnwell, the first player to verbally commit to UNC-Charlotte’s football program, was arrested on Feb. 19 on drug charges.

Alan Barnwell, a redshirt freshman on UNC-Charlotte’s football team, was arrested on Sunday and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

Barnwell, 20, was released from Mecklenburg jail on Sunday on a $600 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Circumstances of the arrest weren’t immediately available. Barnwell was arrested by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer at 2:34 a.m. on Sunday, according to jail records.

On Feb. 2, 2012, Barnwell, who is from Burlington, was the first player to verbally commit to the 49ers program, according to the team’s website. He also ran track at Cummings High School.

Barnwell was Charlotte’s second leading rusher last season with 636 yards and five touchdowns.

In a statement, UNCC football coach Brad Lambert said: “Alan has violated team rules. Once we gather all the information we will determine the discipline.”

Barnwell had never been charged with a crime before Sunday, according to a search of court records conducted by the Observer. Staff writer David Scott contributed.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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