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Felony Charges To Be Dropped Against Herd’s Dope Duo

A “mistake” by a county sherriff’s officer led to felony drug charges being filed against a pair of Marshall football players, but now Cabell County law enforcement officials have started the process of rectifying the officer’s misstep.Early Saturday morning, running back Darius Marshall and cornerback DeQuan Bembry/Starling were arrested on a felony charge each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The charges stemmed from an incident in which Marshall was spotted by the deputy smoking what turned out to be a marijuana cigarette inside of a parked vehicle. A subsequent search turned up three bags of the herb -- two on Marshall’s person and one on Bembry/Starling’s.The total weight of the drugs among the two players was less than nine ounces, which ultimately led to officials deciding on the reduction of charges."When considering all circumstances surrounding the event, all indications are that the marijuana these two individuals possessed was indeed for personal use,” Chief Deputy Doug Ferguson said."For that reason, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, in consultation with the Cabell County Prosecution’s Office, has concluded it is in the best interest of justice to dismiss the felony charges against Mr. Marshall and Mr. Starling and to charge them with misdemeanor possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana as set forth in the West Virginia code."Under West Virginia law, possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana is presumed to be for personal use.The new misdemeanor charges, which will be filed at the twosome’s preliminary hearing next Monday, makes each eligible for a pre-judgment diversion program with probation.While the legal process has seemingly tilted in their favor, both players remain indefinitely suspended by the university."First of all, let me reiterate how disappointed I am in DeQuan and Darius for their poor decision and in no way do I condone their actions,” head coach Mark Snyder said in a statement. “This is a matter we take very seriously and we will continue to allow the legal process to take its course.”