NORMAL — Illinois State University basketball player Geoffrey Allen has been arrested on a warrant charging him with selling marijuana.
Allen was arrested Wednesday evening on a McLean County warrant issued as the result of an investigation into marijuana sales over the past couple of months, said Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner. Allen is charged with criminal conspiracy-marijuana and manufacture/delivery of 30 to 500 grams of marijuana.
“It involves narcotics coming into Bloomington-Normal and being distributed here,” Bleichner said, declining to release further details on the investigation.
Allen was jailed in lieu of posting $3,025.
The chief said he does not expect any other arrests in the case.
ISU coach Dan Muller announced earlier Wednesday that Allen, a 6-foot-6 sophomore swingman, had been suspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
“I’m very disappointed in Geoffrey,” said Muller in a statement. “He has violated our team standards and has been suspended indefinitely.”
Allen, 20, has played in six games for the Redbirds (6-3), averaging 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds. He enjoyed his best game last Saturday against Western Michigan, tying his season high with six points in an 85-63 win. He sank a pair of 3-point baskets to go with two rebounds and two assists.
The Los Angeles native joined ISU in the summer. Allen, who is the son of former UCLA and NBA standout Lucius Allen, played for Eastern Washington in the 2010-11 season and then sat out at home last season rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
Allen was granted a waiver by the NCAA in October to play for the Redbirds this season. Transfers from one Division I school to another usually have to sit out a season.
ISU, which is taking final exams this week, faces Morgan State (3-3) at 4:35 p.m. Sunday at Redbird Arena.