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Heytvelt charged with felony drug possession

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Suspended Gonzaga center Josh Heytvelt was
charged Tuesday with felony possession of a controlled substance
following his recent arrest in nearby Cheney, where police alleged
they found hallucinogenic mushrooms in a gym bag in his car.

Heytvelt, 20, of Clarkston, and teammate Theo Davis, 21, of
Brampton, Ontario, were arrested on Feb. 9 and booked into the
Spokane County Jail for investigation of possession of a controlled
substance.

The case of Davis, a redshirt freshman who has not played
because of injuries, will be referred to Cheney Municipal Court and
it will be up to the prosecutor there to determine whether he will
be charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, said Assistant
Spokane County Prosecutor John Grasso. Police allege they found a
partial marijuana cigarette in Davis's pocket.

Court documents released Tuesday said police found 33.2 grams --
just over an ounce -- of mushroom parts inside a plastic bag in the
back of the Chevrolet Blazer that Heytvelt was driving. Possession
of any amount of illegal mushrooms is a Class C felony.

A summary of facts filed with the Heytvelt charge in Spokane
County Superior Court includes an officer's report that Heytvelt
denied the mushrooms -- and three chocolate muffins containing
mushroom pieces -- were his and both Heytvelt and Davis denied
knowing the hallucinogens were in the car.

Tests at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab in Cheney
indicated the presence of psilocyn, or psilocybin, both of which
are controlled substances, the court documents indicated.

If convicted, Heytvelt faces a maximum prison sentence of five
years and a $10,000 fine. But Grasso said a typical sentence for a
first-time drug offender is six months or less, and the sophomore
could be referred to drug court or a structured diversion program
that would dismiss the charge after a year.

A summons will be sent to Heytvelt and his lawyer to appear at
an as-yet unscheduled arraignment on the charge within two weeks,
Grasso said.

Heytvelt, a 6-foot-11 sophomore center-forward, had been
Gonzaga's second-leading scorer, averaging 15.5 points per game,
and its leading rebounder, with 7.7 per game.

After their arrests, coach Mark Few placed the players on
indefinite suspension for breaking team rules. Heytvelt, a former
starter, has not played in the four games since his arrest.

Gonzaga University's position has not changed, spokesman Dale
Goodwin said Tuesday.

"There are two issues at play here: For breaking team rules,
coach Few took care of that. For alleged violations of the student
code of conduct, the Student Life process is taking care of that,"
he said.

Final disciplinary action by the university would wait until the
legal process has run its course, Goodwin said.

Dennis Thompson, a Spokane lawyer who represents the pair, was
not in his office Tuesday and was unavailable for comment, a
secretary said.