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Mayo's marijuana citation dismissed by magistrate

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A Cabell County magistrate dismissed a marijuana citation against Huntington High basketball star O.J. Mayo on Monday.

Magistrate Betty Wolford said she dismissed the citation at the request of Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles. She referred questions to Chiles and Mayo's lawyer, Michael Woelfel, who did not immediately return telephone messages.

Mayo was among four males cited on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges by sheriff's deputies late Friday night.

Cabell County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Adams had said officers serving a search warrant at a house pulled over a Cadillac they deemed suspicious. Mayo was a passenger in the vehicle.

Wolford said the driver of the car, Marquis Dawson, pleaded guilty Monday while another passenger, Esau Johnson, had yet to appear in court. The fourth person cited is a juvenile.

Adams said Dawson had a small amount of marijuana on him and there was marijuana in a spare set of shoes in the back of the car.

Adams said Mayo was the only Huntington High basketball player in the vehicle.

Mayo, considered one of the nation's top prep players, has been named the state's boys basketball player of the year by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. He transferred this season from Cincinnati's North College Hill to Huntington High, and signed a letter of intent in November to play next season at Southern California.