Yonus Davis detained in U.S. on Drug Charges


VANCOUVER - A freaky runner whose unpredictability makes it difficult for CFL defences to contain him, B.C. Lions running back/kick returner Yonus Davis is on a wayward path of a different sort.

The 26-year-old from Oakland, Calif., selected as the most outstanding special teams player in the CFL’s West Division last season, is facing one count of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute in a federal court in San Jose.

A pro rookie last season from San Jose State, the 5-7, 190-pound scatback was caught after Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents, posing as Federal Express personnel, nabbed Davis with a parcel containing approximately 67 pounds of ecstasy tablets. Ecstasy is an illegally-manufactured drug sold in tablet, capsule or powder form with hallucinogenic properties. Even occasional use of small amounts of ecstasy may damage brain cells.

Davis was arraigned in San Jose on April 13 and returned to federal court six days later for a detention hearing. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison in addition to a $1 million dollar fine.

The Lions issued a press release Wednesday afternoon, noting that Davis had been detained in California but offering no further details.

Lions head coach and general manager Wally Buono later told The Vancouver Sun that news of Davis’s possible legal troubles surfaced on the weekend, while team officials were running a free agent camp in Atlanta.

“I’m not even 100 per cent sure there have been charges,? Buono told The Sun. “Now, we’re trying to figure out what exactly is going on. We put it out there [press release] because we wanted people to know that there had been an incident. We could have said nothing. Then, all of a sudden, there is a bunch of speculation put out there on the grapevine.?

According to court documents obtained by The Sun, Davis was detained by DEA agents on April 9 after the suspect parcel was delivered to the address of Jane Davis, in Milpitas, Calif. Yonus Davis told DEA agents that he lived at the same address.

Agents also observed another man, identified as “Robert Jordon?, fleeing from the scene. It is not known whether the individual named “Jordon? is Robert Jordan, another Lions rookie last season who lost his starting job as the team’s main kick returner to Davis. “Jordon? was taken to the Milpitas police station and booked on state charges of evasion and delaying an investigation.

In a statement, Davis acknowledged that he was expecting a Federal Express parcel containing 40 “boats" of ecstasy. One “boat" is street slang for approximately 1,000 tablets. Davis said the ecstasy shipment of April 9 was the second he had received from a Haitian male, identified as “Red?, an individual Davis had met before in downtown Seattle.

A DEA search of Davis’s BMW 745i also found a large amount of U.S. currency in the amount of $7,000.
Before he knows more, Buono said it’s too early to say what Davis’s legal situation will mean to his football future in Canada.

“As a team, we want our American players to understand they’re subject to the immigration laws of Canada,? Buono said. “But this is something which has occurred in another jurisdiction, and we have no control over that. Once we know more, we’ll try and deal with it the best way we can.?

Davis was a finalist for the CFL’s year-end awards, finishing as the runner-up to Toronto’s Chad Owens in the outstanding special teams player category.


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He's definitely toast.

That's a real shame. The guy was fantastic last season and I was looking forward to see what he'd do playing a full season (only started in week 5).

That's alot of ecstasy...he's in big trouble.

You have to wonder how long he's been doing it too when it says he's driving a BMW 745i. Those a pretty pricey even if you buy them used aren't they.

Don't judge a person's income on their car. I can go buy that car tomorrow, right now if its used and I don't make a huge amount. Its all about credit.
It also doesn't say what year it is, high end cars like that lose their value really fast.
Regardless, unless he was set up or something, I think he just killed his football career.

I wonder if the bust was recorded on an episode of Cops. It would definately be entertaining to see Davis running from Cops. Breaking tackles, evading taser shots, ect. But yea, his playing career is over. Maybe Davis can play running back for his prison league.

Wow ! Lions can not buy a break. Davis says he was expecting the dope safe to say he's done.

This sort of thing could be good! All those people who dont like the CFL and say the NFL is superior could be won over with some "NFL-style" behavior like this!

Well done Yonus!

67 pounds of extasy? Are you serious?

I am serious and stop calling me Shirley.

True - I tried to look up what a used one would cost and a 2002 was being sold for $19,000 by someone. If you don't want to judge whether he's done it before based on his car, how about the $7,000 in cash that was found in it.

It is really unfortunate that he would allegedly do something so stupid and wreck the rest of his life.

That's about 100,000 pills @ $10/pill = $1,000,000.00 street value.

I'd say Yonus is in a world of hurt.

That's a shame. He was an exciting player. Bad decision.

sigh.. :roll:

another idiot on the wrong side of the law.

well, the Lions better start looking for another RB/KR. this guy won't be a Lion anytime soon.. at least not in the next 10-20 years!

That was my first reaction too! LOL! I don't have a clue how much that would cost but it has to be alot, how much was he getting paid in B.C.?

Apparently not enough

He already said in the middle of the season he got low-balled but wanted a chance to prove himself. He would have gotten a huge raise once his current contract was up.
I somehow doubt that will happen now!

Its just a big missunderstanding, Yonus took Ambian and he has no recollection of anything.

Lowballed! LOL Obviously he's got no idea how much a rookie makes in the CFL. I doubt his contract was much different from any other first contract for an import.

Maybe we should wait until this guy is found guilty before sending him down the river .