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Missouri’s Green-Beckham arrested, released in Springfield for alleged marijuana possession

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.

— Missouri sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been arrested on suspicion of a marijuana-related offense for the second time in 15 months.

Green-Beckham, 20, and two other men — John W. McDaniel, 22, and Patrick W. Prouty, 20 — were arrested at 9:59 p.m. Friday in Springfield after police found marijuana during a traffic stop.

The arresting officer pulled over a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by McDaniel after spotting a plate tab that had expired in October.

The officer then smelled the odor of marijuana and found about 1 pound of pot and drug paraphernalia during a subsequent search, according to a statement from the Springfield Police Department.

McDaniel told the Springfield News-Leader that the marijuana didn’t belong to him or Green-Beckham.

Green-Beckham, who grew up in Springfield and graduated from Hillcrest High School, was booked for alleged possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a felony. No bond was set and Green-Beckham, the nation’s former No. 1 recruit, was released on his own recognizance along with McDaniel and Prouty.

“It is a felony charge, but it’s a probable-cause arrest, so that doesn’t mean that’s what the final charge presented to a prosecutor will be,” said Lt. Shawn Williams, a Springfield Police duty commander.

Williams said he doesn’t expect formal charges anytime soon. The narcotics seized in the car stop will be send to a state lab for verification.

“This won’t move fast,” Williams said. “It’s got to go through the entire process before charges would even be submitted from our agency.”

Missouri associate athletic director Chad Moller said the university was aware of the situation and working to learn more.

Department policy is that a player facing felony charges is suspended from the team until the case is resolved. A felony conviction would result in automatic dismissal from the team.

Because Green-Beckham, who was released after five hours in jail, hasn’t been formally charged, he has not been suspended from team activities.

Green-Beckham and two teammates, Levi Copelin and Torey Boozer, were arrested in October 2012 and charged with possession of fewer than 35 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor, after police spotted the three smoking pot in a campus parking lot near Memorial Stadium.

All three later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing.

Green-Beckham enjoyed a breakout 2013 season for the Tigers, 12-2, who won the SEC East title and beat Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl. He caught a team-high 59 passes for 883 yards with a team-best 12 touchdowns.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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