Naijiel Hale, Nate Dogg's Son, Darren Gardenhire Arrested on Drug Charges

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2017

Montana State football players Naijiel Hale and Darren Gardenhire were arrested Wednesday for allegedly selling Xanax, according to Whitney Bermes of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Hale, 21, the son of late rapper Nate Dogg, was charged with two counts of felony distribution of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor possession of dangerous drugs, while Gardenhire, 20, was charged with one count of felony distribution of dangerous drugs.

Per Bermes' report, an informant with the Missouri River Drug Task Force arranged to buy Xanax from Hale in February, though Hale then told the informant to meet up with Gardenhire on the day of the sale. Gardenhire then sold him Xanax while investigators watched the scene unfold. 

A second time in February, Hale set up a drug deal from his home but again had another person hand over the drugs to the task force operative.

The school announced on Thursday that both players were suspended indefinitely following their arrests. Both players were transfers from Washington, though Hale played in just two games this season for Montana State and Gardenhire enrolled at the school this January. 

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