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Marijuana possession charge dropped against Baylor wide-receiver

Athletics – Football – photo day – 08/08/2013The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office will not pursue misdemeanor marijuana possession charges against Baylor University wide receiver Robbie Rhodes.

Rhodes was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence May 2 after a traffic stop in Waco for failure to signal a lane change. Officers say they smelled marijuana and after a search found 5.8 grams of marijuana in a baggie under the front seat. The tampering charge was added because Rhodes allegedly tried to hide the drugs.

Waco attorney Jonathan Sibley said Baylor has been drug-testing Rhodes for about seven months and he never tested positive for drug use.

Sibley said he showed those test results to the DA’s office, including a test administered two days before Rhodes was arrested, and convinced them he was not guilty. Rhodes also tested negative after his arrest, Sibley said.

“Robbie didn’t have anything to do with it,” Sibley said. “Baylor runs a clean program, and it helps that they have been testing Robbie because that helped us present evidence to the district attorney to convince them that he had no connection to this drug activity that they accused him of and arrested him for.”

According to jail records, Rhodes previously was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, which carried a $448 fine, but has no other arrest history in McLennan County.

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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