Ex-USC Football, Volleyball Player Arrested in SoCal on Suspected Ties to Drug Smuggling Operation

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A former USC athlete was arrested at a golf course in Carlsbad on suspicion of involvement in an international drug smuggling and money laundering operation.

The University of Southern California campus is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Neon Tommy/flickr via Creative Commons)

The University of Southern California campus is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Neon Tommy/flickr via Creative Commons)

Owen Hanson, 33, a member of the USC football and volleyball teams more than a decade ago, was arrested on U.S. federal drug charges Wednesday night, according to the FBI. He remains at the federal jail in downtown San Diego pending an appearance in court Friday.

The operation allegedly ran in Mexico, the U.S. and Australia, according to police in New South Wales, Australia.

The Australian authorities will seek to have Hanson extradited to Sydney so he can face charges of money laundering, “perverting” justice, intent to defraud by false statements and involvement with a large commercial supply of drugs.

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