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Razorbacks’ Cobbs Found Guilty

July 11, 2002

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas running back Cedric Cobbs was found guilty Thursday of marijuana possession, driving while intoxicated and speeding.

The trial was put on hold for several hours while his lawyer argued to suppress statements the player made to police after his arrest Jan. 8.

Lawyer Ron Davis also wanted to suppress evidence from a urine analysis and vehicle search conducted after a state trooper initially pulled Cobbs over to cite him for speeding. The urine test showed Cobbs had smoked marijuana before the traffic stop, police said.

The trial was to have started at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, but Davis and prosecutors argued about what evidence should be allowed. Cobbs was present at North Little Rock Traffic Court, but didn’t testify during the first several hours of proceedings.

Cobbs was stopped for driving 73 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 30 in Little Rock. Trooper Marshall Cooney said he smelled marijuana in Cobbs’ car.

``I made contact with the subject and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming out the driver window,″ Cooney’s report said. ``Mr. Cobbs had marijuana crumbs on the front of his shirt.″

The trooper also said Cobbs acknowledged smoking marijuana.

The marijuana-possession charge and the traffic tickets were combined in one trial.

A state crime lab report said that while Cobbs’ urine test was positive for marijuana, a specific level of impairment could not be determined.

Cobbs was suspended from the football team after his arrest. He later agreed to 15 conditions to remain on the team and went through spring practice.

Cobbs can be fined between $500 and $800 for the DWI charge. He also could receive a $100 fine for speeding and be put on probation for the marijuana conviction. A judge could prohibit him from leaving the state as part of the probation.

As a freshman, Cobbs was the MVP of the 2000 Cotton Bowl after leading the Razorbacks to a victory over Texas. He turned 21 the day after being arrested.

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