Cortez Herrin

Cortez Herrin blocking while on the football field.

East Carolina University senior offensive lineman Cortez Herrin has been arrested and charged with two marijuana-related drug charges, according to Stephen Igoe of 247Sports.com and Pitt County records.

Herrin, who appeared in six games for the Pirates last season, was arrested on Saturday and charged with marijuana possession with intent to sell or distribute, a felony, as well as possession of marijuana paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. The 22-year-old’s bond was set at $5,000.

“We are aware of the matter concerning Cortez Herrin,” head football coach Mike Houston said in a statement according to Igoe. “He has been suspended indefinitely from all football activities as we continue to gather information.”

Herrin was granted a medical hardship waiver during the 2019 season, making him eligible for an additional season. As a junior in 2018, Herrin appeared in all 12 games for the Pirates but was limited for much of the 2019 season with a knee injury.

Nevertheless, Herrin has started 27 career games at ECU and represents one of Mike Houston’s most experienced players.

Key returners to the Pirates’ offensive line for the 2020 season include sophomore Peyton Winstead, senior John Spellacy, senior D’Ante Smith and senior Sean Bailey.

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