Former UT associate professor draws drug sentence - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former UT associate professor draws drug sentence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A former University of Tennessee pharmacology professor was sentenced Wednesday to just under three years in federal prison for conspiring to deal illegal drugs.

Marcello Arsura, who pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges in February, will be deported to his native Italy after serving a 35-month prison sentence.

Arsura was an associate professor at the UT's Health Science Center when he was charged last year and taken kicking and screaming from his suburban Memphis residence by sheriff's deputies.

At his residence, authorities found methamphetamine or crystal meth, cocaine and other drugs, including pills of Ecstasy and Loritab.

Arsura apologized to Judge Bernice Donald at sentencing. "I failed many, many people," he said. "Crystal meth makes you crazy, but I take full responsibility for my choices.

I always had the will to say no. I am paying the consequences as I should be."

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