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UNC students arrested for cocaine

Saturday, February 04, 2012
Shane Mularkey, Jacob Groeschen, and Nicole Suarez

Shane Mularkey, Jacob Groeschen, and Nicole Suarez (Images courtesy Chapel Hill Police)

Three former UNC student-athletes are facing charges for using cocaine, according to police.

Officers found Jacob Groeschen, 20, Shane Mularkey, 21, Nicole Suarez, 21, at the top of a parking deck on Rosemary Street Friday just after 1 a.m. Police said the trio appeared to be using cocaine. Officers found drug paraphernalia on two of the suspects, as well as a bag containing cocaine residue.

Both Groeschen and Mularkey are former Tar Heel football players. Mularkey is a former linebacker, but left the team last May after shoulder surgery. Groeschen was a walk-on quarterback, but served this past season as the team manager. He has been suspended from his duties.

Suarez is a former cross country runner.

All three were charged with felony cocaine possession and second-degree trespassing. Groeschen and Mularkey also face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The three were released on $1,000 bonds.

Mularkey is the son of NFL coach Mike Mularkey. In January, Mike Mularkey accepted the head coach position at the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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