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'Turns out he had a significant amount of heroin in the car.' Fmr. MSU basketball star Keith Appling charged with drug distribution

Posted at 4:53 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 22:34:48-05

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — A former Michigan State University basketball star is back in trouble with the law, after a drug related arrest by Warren police.

Keith Appling is a Detroit native, and current professional player.

At 28-years-old, he was once in the spotlight but has recently struggled with brushes with the law and even served time for gun possession.

“Warren Police were driving down the street and saw a vehicle weaving in and out of his lane. They pulled over the vehicle and it turned out to be Keith Appling,” says Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith.

He adds back on February 8th, “It turns out he had a significant amount of heroin in the car. So, we’ve charged him with distribution or selling.”

The alleged crime carries a 20 year penalty.

Prosecutors say at the time of the traffic stop along Dequindre, Appling also behaved very suspiciously and refused to answer some of their questions.

“Mr. Appling was sweating. Shaking. Very nervous. Appeared unsure and unsteady,” says Smith.

We reached out to an attorney for Appling, but so far have not heard back.

He’s currently free on bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 25th.