News broke this morning about Missouri Defensive Lineman Nate Howard being arrested on drug charges. There was another charge stemming from an unregistered car, but obviously the big story here is the drug arrest.
As of 7:45 this morning, #Mizzou DE Nate Howard is still listed as a current detainee of Boone County jail— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) June 15, 2017
Campus PD spokesman says he should have full report about 9:30. I’ve requested info/statement from #Mizzou football spokesman too.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) June 15, 2017
We’ll obviously know more soon.
We don’t know what the controlled substance is at this point. But the arrest for a controlled substance includes at minimum 10 grams of marijuana or more according to the Missouri statute for Controlled substances. If it’s more than 35 grams of marijuana it’s considered a felony charge. Marijuana is the only drug specified in the statute, but the list of controlled substances is a long one.
Howard is a heading into a junior season where he had a chance to break into a thin rotation at the DE position. Howard enjoyed a breakthrough freshman season but struggled a year ago with injury and consistency and rarely saw the field.
As Gabe reported above, we should know more at 9:30 and will update the post when we know more.
UPDATE: From Ben Fredrickson at STLToday.com:
UMPD spokesman Maj. Brian Weimer told the Post-Dispatch that Howard was stopped near the intersection of Providence Road and Elm Street shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday due to expired temporary tags from June of 2016. Weimer said officers then discovered psilocybin mushrooms and 10 grams or less of marijuana. Howard was the only person in the car.
Psilyocybin Mushrooms are interesting, and I honestly don’t know much about them other than they can be used as a psychotropic drug. They do have some legal loopholes in the states apparently, and they’re not particularly harmful according to Wikipedia.
They’re still illegal though, and Nate appears to be in a little bit of trouble as he’s been suspended indefinitely.
Drugs are bad, but if you’re going to do them... maybe not in your car?