WSU’s Thompson arrested for marijuana, suspended for next game

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 7 at 7:44 PM

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Trouble for the Washington State men’s basketball continues with the second player this season to be arrested for marijuana possession.

Commander Chris Tennant confirmed an officer arrested guard Klay Thompson around 11pm on Thursday after the basketball game against USC in Pullman.

Tennant said an officer pulled Thompson over for a burned out headlight.

The officer reported immediately smelling marijuana coming from the car, but said Thompson denied he had any.  Police said the officer arrested Thompson based on the odor, and his vehicle was impounded.

A search warrant was executed on the car and authorities found 1.95 grams of marijuana in the car.  Thompson was cited for possession of marijuana under 40 grams and released at the scene.  It is a misdemeanor charge and he was not taken to jail.

Thompson’s car was returned to him around 6am on Friday.  Tennant said Thompson likely faces a $450-$500 fine and probation.

Washington State head coach Ken Bone said in a statement that the school is aware of the situation and Thompson will be suspended for Saturday's game against UCLA.  Bone said the situation will continue to be evaluated throughout the weekend.

Guard Reggie Moore was suspended for one game earlier in the season after being arrested on a marijuana charge.
 

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