Forum Communications, Published May 03 2012
One of three former UND players pleads not guilty in drug caseGRAND FORKS - One of three former University of North Dakota football players facing drug charges after a Dec. 15 search of their house pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Grand Forks County District Court.
Justin Anthony Belotti, 22, is charged with possession of anabolic steroids and possession of Adderall, both Class C felonies.
Belotti, Mitchel Jon Goertz and Kenneth Ray Watkins, Jr. were all arrested after a search warrant was served on their house at 531 Cambridge St. All three were starters for the 2011 UND football team. A fourth man not on the football team, Richard Zachary McConn, was also arrested.
Watkins has already entered into a plea bargain for the two misdemeanor charges he was facing.
Watkins served 10 days in jail and had another 80 days suspended while he is on one year unsupervised probation.
He must also pay $500 in fines.
Watkins was the target of the search warrant after an informant told police that he bought marijuana and Adderall from him. Police also did a garbage search, where they found a small amount of marijuana and Watkins’ football-player ID, strengthening their search warrant request.
Goertz’s attorney, Blake Hankey, filed a motion to suppress some evidence last month with a hearing scheduled for June 4 to settle the matter.
McConn’s next scheduled appearance is a pretrial conference set for June 28. Belotti’s pretrial conference is scheduled for June 28 as well.