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Marijuana citation against Mayo dismissed by magistrate

March 14, 2007|Ben Bolch

O.J. Mayo was cleared of wrongdoing Monday when a Cabell County (W.Va.) magistrate dismissed a misdemeanor marijuana citation against the USC basketball signee.

Magistrate Betty Wolford told the Associated Press she dismissed the citation at the request of Cabell County prosecutor Chris Chiles. Mayo, a 19-year-old senior at Huntington (W.Va.) High, was one of four people cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession Friday after the car they were riding in was pulled over by police.

Wolford said the driver of the car, Marquis Dawson, pleaded guilty Monday to marijuana possession and was sentenced to pay a $50 fine and court costs. A passenger, Esau Johnson, also signed documents taking responsibility for ownership of the marijuana, according to a report in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. The other passenger was a minor.

Johnson, who previously has been charged with six felonies, according to documents obtained by the Herald-Dispatch, will appear in court later this month.

In a statement, Mayo's mother, Alicia, said her son "did not possess marijuana nor did he have knowledge that the marijuana was present in the vehicle."

As of Tuesday afternoon, USC Coach Tim Floyd said he had not spoken with Mayo about the matter.

-- Ben Bolch

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