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UPDATE: Redshirt freshman dropped from Missouri football team after marijuana arrest

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | 12:51 p.m. CST; updated 8:53 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — Freshman defensive back Ka'Ra Stewart was dismissed from the Missouri football team after he was arrested on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.

Capt. Brian Wiemer, MU Police Department's spokesman, said campus police officers responded after receiving an odor of narcotics report around 11 a.m. Monday at MU's South Hall. When police asked for permission to enter the dorm room in question, Stewart refused. Officers then obtained a search warrant to enter and found evidence of marijuana. 

Because of the search warrant, Stewart is charged under state law instead of the city's decriminalized marijuana ordinance, Wiemer said.

Stewart was taken to the Boone County Jail, where he was later released after posting $500 bail.

The Missouri football program announced Tuesday afternoon that Stewart was dismissed from the team.

Stewart redshirted during the 2012 football season. He graduated from O'Fallon Township High School in Illinois, according to ESPN's website.

According to the Mizzou Tigers website, Stewart was ranked the no. 13 overall prospect in Illinois

Stewart was the fourth MU football player arrested this year under suspicion of possession of marijuana after Dorial Green-Beckham, Torey Boozer and Levi Copelin were arrested in Parking Lot G, just south of Memorial Stadium on Oct. 3.

Stewart was also charged on suspicion of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor, for an incident that took place Nov. 9, according to Missouri Case.net. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 5.

According to the 2011 Campus Crime and Fire Safety report, there were 126 drug law arrests at MU campus facilities reported to the MU Police Department. 

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.


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