Dorial Green-Beckham's friends take blame for drugs in January arrest

Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 7:50 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD — Two men arrested with Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham have told police the estimated 1 pound of marijuana found in their car during a Jan. 10 arrest did not belong to the star football player.

The case remains under investigation, and criminal charges have not been filed after the Springfield native and two friends were arrested on suspicion of felony drug distribution.

Police said they found the marijuana and other drug paraphernalia in the trunk of a Jeep Cherokee driven by John McDaniel that was initially pulled over because of an expired license and was searched after the officer smelled marijuana.

A probable-cause statement submitted to Greene County Circuit Court with a search warrant request shows that Patrick Prouty said he owned the drugs but said his supply was for personal use. McDaniel said he had hidden 1 gram of marijuana in the car's glove box.

Police found no drugs in the possession of Green-Beckham, who denied McDaniel's assertion that the three men had just smoked a marijuana cigarette in the car before being pulled over. The Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader first reported the details of the police documents on Thursday.

Green-Beckham was charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession in Columbia and later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing. He and two teammates were reportedly smoking pot in a campus parking lot near Memorial Stadium.

In a written statement, attorneys Tyson Martin and Ryan Cole said their client has "been nothing but completely cooperative with law enforcement throughout this entire process."

"Dorial very much regrets putting himself in this situation, and he is anxious to put this ordeal behind him," the statement said.

Green-Beckham led Missouri with 59 receptions as a sophomore last season and scored 12 touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound receiver was considered the top prospect in the nation when he signed a letter of intent with Missouri after setting national prep records at Springfield Hillcrest High.

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