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Reed has misdemeanor drug charges dropped

9/11/2007 - NBA Justin Reed Houston Rockets + more

JACKSON, Miss. -- Houston Rockets player Justin Reed was
cleared of misdemeanor marijuana charges Tuesday because others
submitted affidavits claiming the drugs, his attorney said.

Reed was arrested on Sept. 4 and charged with possession of less
than an ounce of marijuana, which carries a fine from $100 to $250.
He posted a $500 bond and was released later that night.

Reed's attorney, Jackson lawyer Dale Danks Jr., told The
Associated Press that the Hinds County Sheriff's Department had
dismissed the charges Tuesday.

"There were two other individuals arrested in addition to
Justin. Both of them admitted the marijuana was theirs and not
Justin's, which makes sense because Justin has been drug tested at
least 16 times by the NBA and during the four years he was at Ole
Miss," Danks said. "He's not a drug user."

Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin was not immediately
available Tuesday for comment. He told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper
that the charge was dismissed because "there were affidavits
signed by the others arrested that it was their dope."

Danks said Reed has learned a lesson.

"His biggest mistake was that when he saw some friends that had
marijuana, he should have left," Danks said. "He recognizes that
now."

Reed and point guard Mike James were traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Rockets in June. The deal sent Juwan Howard to
Minnesota.

Nelson Luis, a Rockets spokesman, said the team would have no
comment.

Reed, who played at Mississippi, averaged 2.6 points and 1.1
rebounds in 41 games last season for the Timberwolves.