No charges to be filed in U wrestling drug case

County attorney says evidence insufficient, but U is still investigating wrestlers, coach.

Prosecutors, citing a lack of evidence, have declined to pursue criminal charges in connection with several University of Minnesota wrestlers suspected of using and selling the prescription sedative Xanax this past winter. In addition, no charges will be pursued against their coach for his knowledge of the situation.

But one official cautioned that the decision doesn’t mean innocence in a case where newly released documents reveal investigators were stonewalled at nearly every turn — including by coach J Robinson, who refused to turn over the names of student-athletes and documents in his possession, saying it would cause “carnage” to his program.

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Jean Heyer, spokeswoman for the Hennepin County attorney’s office, confirmed that prosecutors had declined to bring criminal charges in the case, but otherwise had no comment. Continue reading at www.startribune.com

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