Devin Conwell, a standout running back at Long Reach High School in Columbia, has been ruled ineligible to play pending the resolution of drug and firearm charges, Howard County Public School System Superintendent Michael Hickey said in a statement yesterday.

Conwell, a senior, was arrested by Howard County police Aug. 4 at his family's Columbia home and was released on $50,000 bond. He was charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and having a concealed deadly weapon. A trial date has not been set.

Conwell, 17, was charged as an adult because of the quantity of drugs and the proximity of the drugs to the handgun, according to court documents filed by Howard County police. If found guilty of all charges, Conwell faces a maximum of 11 years in prison and $19,000 in fines.

Hickey said in the statement that Conwell will be assigned to home teaching and is not allowed on school property in addition to being ineligible to participate in sports or other activities.

According to a statement of probable cause filed in District Court by Howard County police, the Howard County Street Drug Section executed a search and seizure warrant on the Conwell house Aug. 4.

A search discovered 4.4 pounds of a substance identified as marijuana, numerous small plastic bags and a .40-caliber handgun, the statement said.

Conwell's attorney, Vincent M. Guida, did not return telephone messages.