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Report: Police arrest two in drug bust at home of Mississippi State coach

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

A large drug bust took place at a home owned by a Mississippi State assistant coach, according to a CBS Local report.

Deshea Townsend, a two-time Super Bowl champion as a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers and current cornerbacks coach at Mississippi State, is the listed homeowner for a house in Pittsburgh where police arrested two men in a heroin bust on Sunday night.

via CBS Pittsburgh:

Law enforcement and the DEA seized 1,500 bricks of heroin (75,000 stamped bags), 16 firearms, more than $100,000 in cash and jewelry, two luxury vehicles, Cuban cigars and a live chicken.

Allegheny County property records show that former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend owns the house, but there is no indication that he is involved.

Mississippi State released a statement after the arrest, detailing the reasons for Townsend's connection to the story.

"Deshea Townsend has learned that arrests occurred at a property titled in his name in the Mount Washington area of Pittsburgh," Mississippi State said in a statement. "Although Coach Townsend has not been associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2010, he continues to own investment property in the Pittsburgh area. The property in question was the subject of a lease purchase agreement executed in March 2012. Neither individuals arrested were signatories to the March 2012 lease agreement.

"Coach Townsend employs a rental agent to conduct his affairs regarding this property and in no way is associated with the activities that may have occurred at a property rented by him to others."

Townsend played college football for Alabama and was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He worked as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 and 2012 before joining the Bulldogs' staff last season.

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