|Attorney: Misdemeanor drug charges dropped against Houston's Reed|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 11 September 2007 19:36|
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Houston Rockets player Justin Reed was cleared of misdemeanor marijuana charges Tuesday because others submitted affidavits claiming the drugs, his attorney said.|
Reed was arrested on Sept. 4 and charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, which carries a fine from $100 to $250. He posted a $500 bond and was released later that night.
Reed's attorney, Jackson lawyer Dale Danks Jr., told The Associated Press that the Hinds County Sheriff's Department had dismissed the charges Tuesday.
``There were two other individuals arrested in addition to Justin. Both of them admitted the marijuana was theirs and not Justin's, which makes sense because Justin has been drug tested at least 16 times by the NBA and during the four years he was at Ole Miss,'' Danks said. ``He's not a drug user.''
Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin was not immediately available Tuesday for comment. He told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper that the charge was dismissed because ``there were affidavits signed by the others arrested that it was their dope.''
Danks said Reed has learned a lesson.
``His biggest mistake was that when he saw some friends that had marijuana, he should have left,'' Danks said. ``He recognizes that now.''
Reed and point guard Mike James were traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Rockets in June. The deal sent Juwan Howard to Minnesota.
Nelson Luis, a Rockets spokesman, said the team would have no comment.
Reed, who played at Mississippi, averaged 2.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 41 games last season for the Timberwolves.
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