The marijuana possession charge against TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter was dropped at the prosecutor’s discretion, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office issued a statement to the Star-Telegram on Tuesday afternoon, saying: “Upon further review, this office determined the evidence was insufficient to prosecute Carter. He was merely the driver of a vehicle owned by a passenger. His case was dismissed on Friday, May 23.”
Melody McDonald, the Tarrant County District Attorney public information officer, did not respond to phone calls for a statement.
Carter’s attorney said that video evidence showed the marijuana was in Harris’ purse and not in Carter’s possession at the time of the traffic stop.
Carter, 21, was arrested on April 22 after police ran the license plate and saw that the owner of the vehicle had two outstanding warrants, according to a Fort Worth police report. The 2010 Lexus belonged to Alexis Harris, 22, who was sitting in the passenger seat at the time.
According to the police report, police pulled over the car on Calhoun St. in Fort Worth and found less than two ounces of marijuana in their possession.
Carter was arrested for possession and Harris was arrested for possession and outstanding warrants. The case against Harris is still ongoing.
Lisa Albert, director of strategic communications, wrote in an email, “In general, if a student is alleged to be in violation of the University’s student code of conduct, they are afforded a disciplinary hearing to determine personal responsibility. Upon determination, the student may face consequences from the University, and possibly the football team, above and beyond any legal consequences the student might face.”
Carter is still listed on the 2014 football roster.
TCU Assistant Athletics Director Mark Cohen wrote in an email, “We don’t have a statement in regards to Brandon Carter. There’s no change in his status with our football program.”