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Mizzou suspends 5 players after campus pot bust

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and two teammates have been suspended for Saturday's home game against Vanderbilt after they were arrested by campus police for allegedly smoking marijuana near the school's football stadium.

Two other players in the SUV driven by Green-Beckham — ranked by some recruiting services last year as the nation's top high school player — were also suspended by coach Gary Pinkel, though they were not arrested. All are freshmen.

University police said Thursday that Green-Beckham, linebacker Torey Boozer and wide receiver Levi Copelin were sitting in a white Lincoln Navigator in a parking lot near Memorial Stadium shortly before midnight when a patrol officer approached and smelled marijuana. Green-Beckham was the driver, Capt. Brian Weimer said.

Each was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana and released with a summons to appear in court next month. Under a 2004 ballot measure approved by city voters, possession of small amounts of pot in Columbia is treated as a low-level offense in municipal court similar to a traffic citation. Violators typically pay a fine of no more than $250 and receive community service in lieu of jail time.

The conviction is dropped if the offender stays out of legal trouble for another year, though repeat offenders and those with felony convictions are exempt.

Team spokesman Chad Moller said that the players "have been immediately suspended from the program for one game." Any other punishments will be handled internally, he said.

Defensive lineman Harold Brantley and tight end Brandon Holifield, who were in the car but not arrested, will also miss Saturday's home game as Missouri seeks its first conference win. Those two players were not named by university police, but Moller confirmed their suspensions.

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