Stewart, of O’Fallon, Ill., was arrested by University of Missouri police Monday on suspicion of possession of fewer than 35 grams of marijuana. According to Capt. Brian Weimer, MU police were called to Stewart’s dorm room at 11:08 a.m. Monday because of marijuana odor. Stewart told police he was not smoking marijuana and did not consent to a search. Weimer said police retrieved a search warrant and found four plastic baggies containing a green, leafy substance that later tested positive for marijuana.
Weimer said Stewart was taken to the Boone Country Jail, where he later posted $500 bail.
According to court records, Stewart, a three-star prospect who redshirted this past season, was also detained by the Boone County Sherriff’s department on Nov. 9 for possession of fewer than 35 grams of marijuana. Stewart pleaded guilty, paid a $200 fine and had jail time waived.
In October, freshmen Dorial Green-Beckham, Torey Boozer and Levi Copelin were arrested by MU police for the same offense, as officers detected a suspicious odor coming from a vehicle registered to Green-Beckham in a parking lot just south of Memorial Stadium.
Both Green-Beckham and Copelin pleaded guilty to a non-criminal charge of second-degree trespassing and paid a fine, while Boozer has a disposition hearing scheduled for Feb. 12.
In cases involving possession of fewer than 35 grams of marijuana within the city limits of Columbia, individuals can be charged with a misdemeanor in state court, but first-time offenders are often sent to city court and charged with a violation of municipal ordinance, which often results in a fine but no jail time.
Prior offenders, however, often have their cases sent to the county, which could lead to fines, probation and suspended jail time.
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