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No charges filed against ex-USC backup quarterback Mitch Mustain

February 3, 2011 | 11:36 am

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to file charges Thursday against former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain, who was arrested on suspicion of selling prescription narcotics.

Mustain, 22, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of a felony for allegedly selling Adderall, an amphetamine, to an undercover officer. But county prosecutors said they would not move forward with a felony prosecution because the substance sold to the undercover officer was "lisdexamfetamine dimesylate," which is not listed as a controlled substance.

In the filing declination, prosecutors noted Mustain passed off the substance he was selling as a controlled substance, which could potentially result in a felony filing, but given that he had no criminal record, they opted to send the case to the city attorney, who will decide whether to file a misdemeanor charge.

"Given that Mustain has no record and that this is his first contact with law enforcement, it is appropriate that it be referred to the city attorney’s office for misdemeanor consideration," officials wrote.

The arrest came as the result of a sting operation, but police did not elaborate on details of the case.
Mustain did not return phone or text messages seeking comment.

The city attorney's office also is considering whether to file charges against another former USC football player, Everson Griffen.

Griffen, who played for the Trojans from 2007 to 2009 and is now a member of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, was arrested Monday on suspicion of felony battery after LAPD officers used a Taser to subdue him after a traffic stop near campus.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that felony charges would not be filed because officers were not injured and Griffen lacked a criminal history.


Ex-USC quarterback Mitch Mustain is arrested on drug charge

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Mitch Mustain. Credit: USC