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Sport Pills and marijuana found at Redskins safety Montae Nicholson's house after woman's death, warrant says

21:15  20 november  2019
21:15  20 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Authorities found pills and marijuana at Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson's home last week in the aftermath of a 21-year-old woman's death, according to a copy of a search warrant obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

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The search warrant states that authorities executed the warrant and searched Nicholson's home in Ashburn, Virginia, on Thursday, hours after Nicholson and another man — identified in the report as Kyle Askew-Collins — dropped off Julia Crabbe in a car at Inova Emergency Room-Ashburn HealthPlex.

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The search warrant said that hospital staff reported that Crabbe "appeared to be deceased" when removed from the car at the hospital. There were indications that she died of a drug overdose, according to the warrant.

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The warrant did not specify to whom the drugs belonged. The warrant indicated that police also recovered a safe and black box, an iPhone, a coat and a notebook from the house.

Kraig Troxell, a spokesperson for the Loudon County sheriff's office, said it is still "an active investigation."

Mark Dycio, an attorney for Nicholson, did not immediately respond to a message left by USA TODAY Sports early Wednesday morning.

“Montae would have no knowledge of the drugs because they belonged to a guest,” Dycio told the Washington Post, which first reported the evidence obtained by the search warrant. “It’s a tragic story. It’s a tragedy that the news is focused on where she died instead of the drug epidemic ravaging the country.”

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The search warrant states that an unnamed individual informed detectives that Askew-Collins called them early Thursday to say Crabbe was foaming at the mouth and possibly overdosing. That person also said he was heading to Nicholson's home when Askew-Collins called again to inform them he and Nicholson were taking Crabbe to the hospital.

A different person told detectives that they had joined the trio in Washington to hang out and eat on Wednesday night, according to the search warrant..

Nicholson suited up for the Redskins on Sunday and played 70 snaps in the loss to the New York Jets.

When asked about the decision to play Nicholson, who had missed the past two games with an ankle injury, interim coach Bill Callahan characterized the decision to reporters Monday as a question of health. When a reporter followed up specifically about Nicholson's involvement in the police investigation, Callahan demurred.

“I didn’t get into all of that," he told reporters. "(Nicholson) spoke to a lot of other people in the organization relative to that situation. From my perspective, in terms of playing him and the decision of playing him was strictly based on coaching gathered with all of the other information that I had."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Pills and marijuana found at Redskins safety Montae Nicholson's house after woman's death, warrant says

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