An officer of the court said Locke refused to take a drug test before Wednesday’s initial court appearance. Locke asked Chief Magistrate Judge John M. Roper if he could be released, saying he has four boys to take care of at home. A request for detention is the prosecutor’s right, Roper replied. Roper ordered marshals to bring Locke and Thornton back to court today for further hearings. A date was not immediately available for Mattina’s hearings. Sinha and the three men each face a conspiracy charge punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sinha also faces six distribution counts each punishable by up to 10 years and a $500,000 fine. Mattina faces two counts of distribution; Locke and Thornton face one count each. Earlier Wednesday, DEA’s Comeaux said the collaborative effort among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies “is a testament to the fact that we will use all resources at our disposal to target drug-trafficking.” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller and Steven Maxwell of MBN agreed that agencies working together can produce results that benefit the public. The pill-ring caused “pain and suffering” for many and was all about “the almighty dollar,” Miller said.
Doctor stands by Cyrus Kouandjio’s knee health
Updated: March 5, 2014 at 03:32 p.m. 0 Likes | 0 Comments More Columns > While Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio’s surgically repaired knee might have been flagged at the NFL Scouting Combine , it shouldn’t affect his ability to play in the NFL in the short term, the Crimson Tide’s team doctor told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. At the combine, Rapoport reported via Twitter that several NFL teams had failed Kouandjio on his physical examination due to an arthritic knee. Biggest question marks in mock drafts Dr. Lyle Cain told Rapoport he understood that some NFL teams gave Kouandjio a grade of 4, and others a 3, on a 1-5 scale on his combine medical exam. A rating of 1 indicates an injury-free prospect, while a rating of 5 indicates a significant, and potentially undraftable, risk. A rating of 4 indicates “a significant injury or injuries that may affect longevity, but they aren’t lame or disabled. It just may affect them later,” Cain told Rapoport. A rating of 3, Cain said, indicates a significant injury but not one that would affect a player in the long term. Kouandjio ran the slowest 40-yard dash time of any prospect at the combine (5.59 seconds), which prompted further speculation about the health of his knees. Still, the early-entry prospect is considered among the draft’s top left tackles and Cain is confident in his ability to play at the next level. “Cyrus had some injuries his freshman year, a torn ACL and an MCL. We fixed it that year, two years ago. At the time, he had a little minor articular cartilage wear in his knee.