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Another drug bust at house of former Steeler, but no chicken


Pennsylvania police have raided another home owned by former Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend in a drug bust.

Thankfully, no chickens were involved this time.

According to Liz Navratil of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Townsend owns a home in Ross where cops arrested several people on drug charges last year.

He also owned a property in Mount Washington, where cops found 1,500 bricks of heroin, 16 guns, more than $100,000 in cash and a live chicken.

Townsend, who now works as an assistant coach at Mississippi State, hasn’t been implicated in either case, and didn’t comment on either.

It appears he’s just the landlord, but he has a string of really bad tenants.

In the latest case, police responded to a call to a condominium, where a neighbor reported a loose pit bull, and then heard “a thud and then a dog yelping in pain.”

When they went inside, they found 30 bricks of heroin in a shopping bag with more than $7,000 in cash.

The case creates a number of questions, but the one that still haunts my dreams remains from the first one: Why one live chicken?

With two, you can have eggs. With multiple chickens, maybe it’s a cock-fighting ring or a poultry farm.

But one chicken is either dinner or a pet or a god or a sacrifice, and I may not sleep until I know the answer.

UPDATE 8:20 a.m. ET: I stand corrected. I’m informed by a renowned poultry scientist that one hen will lay unfertilized eggs without a rooster.

But still.

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44 Responses to “Another drug bust at house of former Steeler, but no chicken”
  1. catquick says: Aug 28, 2014 8:16 AM

    Darin, its bait for the pit bulls, to ready them for fighting

  2. fafaflunky says: Aug 28, 2014 8:16 AM

    whats a shopping back?

  3. truthteller11 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:18 AM

    Why do you need 2 chickens to have eggs? Or are you confusing needing a rooster to produce offspring with laying eggs? Tiny amounts of research goes a long way!

  4. jtm12180 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:21 AM

    I have a headache from reading this…

  5. kd75 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:35 AM

    Does that mean the chicken came before the egg?

  6. patsfan says: Aug 28, 2014 8:36 AM

    Wonder if they will attempt to seize the house.

  7. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Aug 28, 2014 8:39 AM

    Tens of millions in heroin isn’t bothersome, but a single live chicken is?

  8. ctiggs says: Aug 28, 2014 8:43 AM

    LMAO #Nobodyhasitbetter

  9. melikefootball says: Aug 28, 2014 8:44 AM

    All this chatter about an X football player yet nothing on an owner of a NFL team like the colts…fishy isn’t it.

  10. blmonroe12 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:44 AM

    Well written Gantt, well written.

  11. stonedwhitetrash says: Aug 28, 2014 8:45 AM

    Two chickens are not needed to have eggs, however that chicken must be a hen.

  12. chadhenne42 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:53 AM

    Get your farmville on Gantt!

  13. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 28, 2014 9:02 AM

    It’s a long fall from grace for those who love to boast how tall the pedestal is for a ‘model’ franchise

  14. pilot2011 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:05 AM

    That’s some North Carolina journalism right there! DG has been on his game this week.

  15. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 28, 2014 9:05 AM

    Steelers true colors continue to shine through.

    Better living through chemistry since 1969.

  16. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 28, 2014 9:05 AM

    Deity or sacrifice is much more interesting. I am going to go with meth lab for Deshea’s next rental property bust.

  17. joemammy says: Aug 28, 2014 9:06 AM

    But do they pay their rent on time?

  18. coachbeck says: Aug 28, 2014 9:08 AM

    That great steeler legacy lol

  19. RegisHawk says: Aug 28, 2014 9:19 AM

    Well, if you were going to delete one, it should have been the one with the bad spelling…oh, I forgot, you wouldn’t know the difference…:P

  20. jongrudenstolemypatiofurniture says: Aug 28, 2014 9:19 AM

    You don’t know much about chickens.

  21. stoogy says: Aug 28, 2014 9:21 AM

    Once a steeler, always a steeler.

  22. buddysguys says: Aug 28, 2014 9:25 AM

    Pouncey is involved somehow i just know it.

  23. 700levelvet says: Aug 28, 2014 9:26 AM

    Send lawyers guns and money…

  24. mecos47 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:32 AM

    Why wasn’t that chicken arrested?

  25. ejheim62 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:32 AM

    sounds like the guy needs to get a good property manager, the one he’s using – if it’s not being done by himself – isn’t up to par

  26. notthetroll says: Aug 28, 2014 9:34 AM

    Yeah this is the real Steelers showing up.

  27. gt40bear says: Aug 28, 2014 9:36 AM

    Maybe he should be alittle more selective in to whom he rents!

  28. rl7911 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:40 AM

    The Steeler way

  29. jpaq68 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:44 AM

    The Steelers have one hell of a retirement plan.

  30. unclemoobaa1911 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:44 AM

    Kramerica industries was a small company ran out of an apartment with some barbed wire which may or may not contain a chicken!

  31. RegisHawk says: Aug 28, 2014 10:20 AM

    Sign a one-year lease today and receiver a free brick!

  32. steelerben says: Aug 28, 2014 10:22 AM

    Some information about how many homes Townsend owns, and the crime statistics for the neighborhoods they are in might help shed light on if this is a coincidence or if there might be something deeper going on.

    That being said, it looks like Townsend rented out his homes to people that were less than desirable and got bit in the ass for it.

  33. cowboylover says: Aug 28, 2014 10:52 AM

    Hahahahahahahaha!!!!! Great writing, Darin!

  34. patbetw says: Aug 28, 2014 11:06 AM

    At least they weren’t raping young girls in the bathroom! that we know.

  35. hanspard says: Aug 28, 2014 11:37 AM

    It took a renowned poultry expert to tell you that?

    (sigh) City folk…….

  36. hornbuckle says: Aug 28, 2014 12:41 PM

    Was he renting it to current Steelers players?

  37. cyraider says: Aug 28, 2014 1:03 PM


  38. starchybunker says: Aug 28, 2014 1:24 PM

    Goodell will suspend the chicken…

  39. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Aug 28, 2014 1:50 PM

    Hey, let’s read and post on articles about the steelers, we’re not jealous of their consistent success at all!


  40. binarymath says: Aug 28, 2014 3:00 PM

    Townsend is probably investing capital in a company that renovates and rents apartments.

    And some of those are probably Section 8. And Section 8 attracts more than the normal share of ‘problem’ tenants.

    Blaming him for the activities taking place in the apartments is like saying that anyone who owned even one share of a mutual fund that owned even one share of Countrywide Mortgage is directly responsible for the housing crisis.

    An earlier post suggested it would be useful to know how many properties Townsend owns. While that would probably reduce some of the negative publicity, it would also be an invasion of Townsend’s privacy.

  41. gmarsteller says: Aug 28, 2014 3:03 PM

    For all you Steeler haters out there, Townsend used a rental company to manage the property. He likely has never met the renters and would be lucky to tell you whose name is on the lease if asked. And he was such a trouble-maker when a player, so he must be a drug-lord.

  42. genemontemore says: Aug 31, 2014 11:07 PM

    Better call Saul!

  43. sounddawg313 says: Sep 1, 2014 11:12 AM

    The money and drugs dont add up, they have several million in heroin in both cases and only found 7k in one raid then 100k in the other they had to be very organized with the money because it should have been way more cash on hand.

  44. peckerneckfred says: Sep 1, 2014 6:35 PM

    The Kramerica business model followed to perfection

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