Trail Blazers G Damon Stoudamire and F Rasheed Wallace have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor marijuana possession charges related to a traffic stop in Washington state last month.
Stoudamire entered his plea in documents filed Wednesday in Lewis County District Court, according to his Portland, Ore.-based attorney, Steve Houze. He and Wallace had been scheduled to enter pleas today on the charges.
Wallace also pleaded not guilty, Lewis County prosecutor Jeremy Randolph said. A pretrial hearing will likely be set for January, depending on the attorneys' schedule. Wallace's Seattle-based attorney, David Bukey, did not return messages.
Late last month Wallace, Stoudamire and driver Edward Smith of Portland were stopped on Interstate 5 north of Centralia, Wash., for speeding. The group was returning after a Trail Blazers game against the SuperSonics.
A search of the vehicle turned up a small amount of marijuana, police said. Misdemeanor possession is punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 and up to three months in jail.
Stoudamire's plea comes the same week that prosecutors in Oregon's Washington County decided not to pursue felony domestic abuse charges against Blazers F Ruben Patterson.
Patterson's wife, Shannon, called police to their home on Nov. 25 alleging she had been assaulted by her husband. Patterson was taken into custody and released on bail, but the team fined Patterson $100,000 for his latest indiscretion.
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-- From News Services