On Tuesday February 1, 2011, Los Angeles Police arrested former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain for suspicion of selling prescription drugs. Mustain was shortly released on bail with no charges against him.
Late Tuesday night, at 8:10 p.m. LAPD arrested former USC quarter back Mitch Mustain. Mustain, 22, was arrested for allegedly trying to sell Adderall, an amphetamine, to an undercover agent. The arrest took place in the San Fernando Valley by the West Valley Division of the LAPD. Mustain was escorted to the Van Nuys Jail and booked at 10:44 p.m. Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Bruce Borihanh said, that the arrest was a result of a sting operation, but police did not elaborate on details of the case.
Mustain was released Wednesday 2, 2011, shortly after 6 p.m. He was released on a $30,000 bail, according to LAPD officials. The Los Angels Sheriffs Departments official booking information says he was suppose to be released on a $10,000 bail, for felony narcotic charges. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file charges on Thursday. Los Angeles County Prosecutors said they will not charge Mustain with a felony. The prescribed substance that was sold to the undercover agent was, Vyvanse. Vyvanse is not considered a controlled substance. Vyvanse is the brand name for the drug Lisdexamfetamine dimesylateinitially. Vyvanse is considered a psychostimulant and categorized by recreational users as an “upper.”
Vyvanse is mainly prescribed to children (ages 6-12) for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but is also prescribed to adults. There is always the potential of misuse and/or addiction, but considered unlikely because it is initially inactive upon consumption. In the filing of the declination, prosecutors pointed out that Mustain tried to convince the buyer that the pill was a controlled substance. This information can potentially be a felony charge, but because Mustain has had no criminal past, they decided to send the case to the city attorney. There they will decide whether to file misdemeanor charges against Mustain. Officials wrote that, “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.” The six-foot-three, 210 pound quarterback was preparing himself at USC for the upcoming NFL draft. “Pro Day” is held in March, where potential NFL players can perform in front of NFL scouts.
Mustain has been somewhat of a celebrity in the world of college football since he made the controversial decision to transfer to USC after his Freshman year as quarterback for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. Mitch, an Arkansas native, had started several games for the Razorbacks in his freshman year and was undefeated in games that he started. Mustain was one of the most sought-after high school players in history.
In retrospect, based on his lack of playing time and ensuing arrest, it seems difficult to characterize the decision to transfer to USC as anything but a mistake for Mustain. Mustain is set to appear at Van Nuys Municipal court on February 25, 2011.