Cubs bullpen catcher cited for pot

Updated: October 29, 2010, 7:28 PM ET
By Roman Modrowski | ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Cubs bullpen catcher Corey Miller was ticketed on suspicion of possession of marijuana after 8.4 pounds of pot were found in the the pickup truck he was driving through Lincoln, Neb., according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

Cubs director of media relations Peter Chase said Miller is a contract employee whose 2010 contract ends on Nov. 1, and the team currently is in a "fact-finding stage."

Nebraska State Police Trooper Mark White pulled over the pickup on Saturday for going 71 in a 65 mph zone, according to the Journal Star.

White was quoted in an affidavit as saying, "I asked what he did for a living, and he said that he was a catcher for the Cubs," the paper reported.

Miller has been the Cubs' bullpen catcher since 2007.

A woman in the pickup, Maria Myaskovsky, 26, of Madera, Calif., was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, according to the Journal Star, which reported she pleaded not guilty and posted bond to be released from jail.

Miller was cited and released, according to Nebraska State Patrol spokesperson Deb Collins, who said the Lancaster County Attorney's office will review the incident and decide "what, if any, charges are filed" against Miller.

The incident report stated that an infant also was in the truck, according to the paper, which quoted the affidavit as saying: "With the circumstances at hand, Maria was jailed and Corey was cited and released due to the infant in the vehicle and needing someone to care for the child."

According to the paper, the affidavit states that after Miller granted White permission to search the truck, the trooper found a plastic baby formula bag that contained a small bag of marijuana and a pipe. White then found 8.4 pounds of pot in plastic bags wrapped in dryer sheets inside of a suitcase containing men's clothing.

Investigators determined after interviews that Myaskovsky was the one who packed the marijuana, the paper reported.

ESPNChicago.com baseball reporter Bruce Levine contributed to this story.

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