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Former Pittsburgh Steeler arrested on drug charges

Megan Guza
| Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
Russell Stuvaints Pittsburgh Steelers 2005
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Russell Stuvaints Pittsburgh Steelers 2005

A former player for the Pittsburgh Steelers was arrested Tuesday night in White Oak on drug charges and weapons violations, according to police.

Russell Stuvaints, 37, is charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and firearms violations, court records show.

The investigation began after a Tuesday night traffic stop of Nicholas Jackel, 28, of North Huntingdon, during which officers seized 4 pounds of marijuana and $6,500 in cash, according to White Oak police.

Jackel is charged with possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance.

A follow-up investigation led to a search warrant on Stuvaint's Fawcett Avenue home, where police reportedly found a pound of marijuana, a digital scale and a firearm.

Stuvaints played for the Steelers for three seasons, from 2003 to 2005.

He pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest, a year after police said they had to use a Taser to subdue Stuvaints after he threatened a woman in McKeesport. He allegedly punched one officer in the face before he was subdued.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at mguza@tribweb.com.

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