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Police drop charges against Iowa State hoops star

Ames is one of the nation's great college towns, with an active and exuberant population of students and a rabid fan base of football and basketball fans. Iowa State fans may have heard about the recent criminal charges brought against star basketball player Bryce Dejean-Jones, but may be interested to learn that these possibly serious charges have now been dropped.

The incident giving rise to the drug charges against the player allegedly took place when neighbors at the apartment complex where he lived complained about loud noises coming from the apartment he shared with another teammate. When police arrived to investigate, they say they found a loud gathering and apparently smelled marijuana. Returning with a search warrant, they searched the apartment and found a small amount of marijuana on a dresser.

While police were unable to determine whose marijuana it was, prosecutors brought a charge of keeping a drug house against Dejean-Jones. The judge, apparently not impressed by the prosecutor's broad interpretation of the Iowa law, dismissed the charges due to a lack of probable cause.

The basketball player still faces minor infractions for hosting a loud gathering and violating the city noise ordinance, but he can most likely relieve himself of future consequences by paying a fine or doing community service. He has also paid his dues to his coach, who suspended him one game for his involvement. It should also be noted that Iowa State athletes are subject to routine drug tests, and Dejean-Jones never tested positive for marijuana or any other substance. He has since returned to the court, clear of the more serious charges he once faced.

Source: Des Moines Register "Ames police dropping Dejean-Jones drug investigation," Grant Rodgers, Dec. 12, 2014

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