Swanigan sentenced to suspension following December drug arrest

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Former Purdue University basketball star and NBA player Caleb Swanigan has been sentenced for a drug charge in Whitley County, but will not go to jail.

In the early morning hours of December 23, Swanigan was pulled over in Columbia City. Police found more than three pounds of marijuana in the car, as well as more than $3,400 in cash and drug paraphernalia. The 23-year-old was arrested and taken to the Whitley County Jail, but was released on bond.

On Monday morning, according to WANE-TV, Judge Douglas Fahl said he was “concerned” about the large amount of weed Swanigan had with him, but he accepted Swanigan’s plea agreement because the former basketball player was a first-time offender.

Swanigan was sentenced to 180 days on suspension, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with any prescribed treatment.

Swanigan went to Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, leading the Spartans to a boys basketball state championship in 2015 and winning Indiana’s Mr. Basketball award. He then played at Purdue before being drafted by the Portland TrailBlazers in the 2017 NBA Draft. He’s currently a free agent.