STATE COLLEGE - A former Bedford and Notre Dame football player who played a short time in the National and Arena Football Leagues was arrested Tuesday for allegedly receiving 22 pounds of marijuana through the mail.
Michael A. Turkovich, 25, of 696B Oakwood Ave., State College, was jailed briefly Wednesday in the Centre County Correctional Facility but was released after posting $100,000 bail. Turkovich's attorney, Steven Passarello of Altoona, was out of the office Friday and unavailable for comment, his office said.
Two postal express parcels suspected to contain marijuana were intercepted Tuesday by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Pittsburgh, according to court documents. After postal inspectors were granted federal search warrants, each package was found to contain about 11 pounds of suspected high-grade marijuana.
The recipient address for each parcel was to a business on East Beaver Avenue. Later that day, a controlled delivery of the suspected parcels occurred at the business. An undercover postal inspector was met by an occupant of the business later identified as Michael A. Turkovich who signed for receipt of both parcels, court documents state.
Eight minutes later, police executed an anticipatory search warrant. Turkovich was immediately taken into custody, and the two parcels were seized.
During an interview with officers, Turkovich provided details implicating himself.
He also provided information that he possessed a significant sum of money and a firearm inside of his personal vehicle and also an additional three or four parcels at his 696B Oakwood Ave., State College, residence containing about 25 pounds of marijuana.
The search of both his personal vehicle and residence revealed additional amounts of marijuana, a firearm and a significant sum of money, police said.
Turkovich graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 and signed a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys. He was cut by the Cowboys and signed a contract with the New York Jets but was cut before the 2010 season. He played briefly for the Chicago Rush of the AFL in 2011 and was claimed by the Pittsburgh Power and refused to report.
Turkovich was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Daniel R. Hoffman II on charges of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday before Hoffman.