Marijuana possession charges against Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby dropped

The marijuana possession charges against Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby have been dropped by the Brazoria County (Texas) district attorney’s office and his criminal record has been cleared.

Camby and Kendal Johnson were arrested last month after police discovered a small amount of marijuana in Camby’s car during a traffic stop in Pearland, Texas. But after weighing evidence — and accepting a guilty plea from Johnson — Camby has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

“For the record, Marcus Camby did not get charged with a crime and Marcus Camby did not possess any marijuana,” Randall Novak, Camby’s Houston-based attorney, said.

Johnson, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a Class B Misdemeanor possession charge and paid a $1,500 fine.

The two men were arrested after Camby’s 2010 black Porsche was pulled over in a school zone for an “equipment violation” outside Houston, where Camby resides in the offseason. Officers questioned Camby during the stop, noticed the smell of burnt marijuana and discovered a small bag of the same substance under the front passenger seat — where Johnson was sitting — during a search.

Police confiscated roughly an ounce of marijuana, arrested both men and charged them with Possession of Marijuana in a drug free zone, a Class A Misdemeanor. They faced up to one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

Johnson, Camby’s cousin, is from Connecticut. Earlier this year, the state decriminalized the possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use by adults. Adult possession of up to one-half ounce is punishable by a fine rather than jail time and does not include a criminal record.

Camby, who also was arrested on marijuana charges in 1997, will have his record cleared.

“The county district attorney weighed the evidence, weighed the fact that the marijuana was under Kendal’s seat … and weighed the fact that Kendal is confessing to his marijuana,” Novak said. “With those facts together, they don’t have a case.”

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