Police to analyze seized materials in Gonzaga arrests

Updated: February 14, 2007, 4:51 PM ET
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms police say they seized from a car occupied by two Gonzaga basketball players needs to be analyzed by the crime lab before charges can be considered, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis were suspended from the team following their arrest early Saturday.

The items have been sent to the state crime lab for analysis. Spokane County deputy prosecutor John Grasso said after his office receives the case, prosecutors will decide how to proceed.

"This is way more important to you guys than it is to us," Grasso said. "To me, it's just another case."

Heytvelt and Davis were arrested in nearby Cheney. The Chevy Trailblazer was stopped because the tail lights were not on, according to a probable cause statement signed by Cheney police Officer D. Bailey and filed in Spokane County Superior Court.

Officers smelled marijuana and searched the car. Police searched Davis and found a burnt marijuana cigarette inside a coat pocket.

Police said the amount of marijuana was enough only for a misdemeanor, but possession of mushrooms is a felony.

Dennis Thompson, a lawyer for the players, did not return a telephone message seeking comment Wednesday.

Heytvelt was Gonzaga's second-leading scorer and top rebounder this season. Davis is a freshman who has not played because of injuries.

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