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Arkansas RB Cobbs’ Cases Combined

February 19, 2002

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas running back Cedric Cobbs will be tried on a marijuana charge and traffic charges at the same time, lawyer Ron Davis said Tuesday.

Cobbs was scheduled to be in court on Wednesday on the marijuana charge, but District Judge Jim Hamilton transferred that charge to traffic court.

Hamilton’s decision was routine, said Judy West, the chief clerk for Judge Barry Sims.

Last month, Cobbs pleaded innocent to the traffic charges. Davis called in the plea by telephone to a deputy clerk and received a May 1 court date at that time.

The traffic case and a marijuana possession case both resulted from a traffic stop Jan. 8.

Cobbs was charged under the drug section of the state’s driving while intoxicated law and also faces accusations of speeding, having no proof of insurance and not using his seat belt.

State Trooper Marshall Cooney initially pulled Cobbs over for speeding, saying the running back was driving 73 mph in a 60-mph zone. The officer said he smelled marijuana and claimed Cobbs admitted he had been smoking.

A state crime lab report said a urine test for Cobbs was positive for marijuana, but the report didn’t suggest a specific level of impairment.

Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt suspended Cobbs indefinitely after the arrest. Cobbs later agreed to 15 conditions in order to remain on the team, including random drug checks and limits on his travel from the Fayetteville campus.

He was the MVP of the Cotton Bowl as a freshman after the 1999 season.

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