OSU receiver Bo Bowling pleaded not guilty to an array of drug charges Tuesday, including possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Bowling has also been suspended from the team, all after police found marijuana, cash, pills and drug paraphernalia while executing a search warrant at Bowling’s residence on Sunday.
Bowling allegedly had more than $1,000 cash and three containers with about 95 grams, 10 grams and 3.5 grams of marijuana along with a metal grinder and digital scale, and a small quantity of different pills, some indicated in court documents to be Alprazolam (Xanax). Xanax, when used with marijuana, is said to reduce anxiety and aid in sleeping after the marijuana is no longer effective. The unidentified pills have been sent for testing, which could result in further charges.
Bowling walked on at OSU in January 2008 and appeared in all 13 games as a slot receiver for the Cowboys, earning 10 catches, 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was expected to be given a scholarship following the 2008 season. Bowling transferred to OSU from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, where he had 1,200 rushing yards and 700 receiving yards as a sophomore and was named offensive MVP of the Southwest Junior College Conference.