A former Michigan State cornerback has reportedly landed himself in serious legal trouble in New York.
According to multiple reports, Diego Oquendo was arrested in Staten Island Thursday night and faces multiple drug charges after he allegedly sold heroin to an undercover police officer.
Oquendo, 32, was just a few miles away from Tottenville High School — his alma mater and where he was working as an assistant football coach — when he was arrested.
Citing a Department of Education official, the New York Daily News reported that Oquendo was fired after the DOE learned of his arrest.
“This alleged behavior is extremely troubling and we’ve taken immediate steps to terminate Mr. Oquendo’s employment,” DOE spokesman Michael Aciman told the Daily News.
SI Live reported that two other men were arrested with Oquendo, and that the former Spartans defensive back is being held on $10,000 bail.
The Daily News spoke with Oquendo’s stepfather, Darnell Sojourner, who said he was surprised when he heard the news.
“Diego? That’s impossible,” Sojourner said. “Diego’s always helping, this is so unusual for him. He was always a good kid, well mannered, polite, he’s never been in trouble. I have to call his mother.”
Oquendo primarily worked on special teams with the Spartans in the 2005 season, seeing action in 11 games. One year later, he saw the field in just three games, and then in 2007, was on the roster but didn’t play.