EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A basketball player at the University of Texas at El Paso was arrested on marijuana and weapons charges last week, according to El Paso Police.
Cameron Clardy, 20, was arrested on Saturday, February 12, around 7:20 p.m. by El Paso Police and charged with Possession of Marijuana Under 2oz and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.
He was booked into the El Paso County Detention Center just after midnight and released seven minutes later on a PR bond of $700.
According to court documents obtained by KTSM, Clardy was driving a black 2008 Ford Mustang on I-10 near Executive when police pulled him over around 7:20 p.m. for allegedly not having a license plate light.
At the time of the traffic stop, Clardy was driving and he had a 21-year-old female passenger with him.
Officers who met with Clardy asked him if he had any weapons in the car, and he told them he had a 9mm handgun inside a fanny pack on the front floorboard of the vehicle. Responding officers allegedly smelled the odor of marijuana and requested assistance from drug-sniffing dogs.
During the search, the EPPD K-9 located a “small rolled-up joint with green leafy substance inside,” according to court documents. When asked about the marijuana joint, Clardy denied it was his but told officers he’d loaned his car out to friends. He then told officers he would take full responsibility for the marijuana.
Documents indicate that the marijuana was field-tested and weighed only .05 ounces. The 9mm handgun was loaded with nine bullets, but no round was in the chamber when police tested it.
In total, four EPPD officers responded to the traffic stop along with an EPPD K-9.
Clardy is listed as a freshman on UTEP’s basketball roster. He’s played in 12 games this season, averaging 6.7 minutes per game. Clardy’s last appearance with the Miners was on February 7 in a road game against North Texas, logging six minutes and a foul.
According to team sources, Clardy was held out of the Marshall game on February 13 and has not practiced or traveled with the team since his arrest. Last week, the Miners were on the road, playing three out-of-town games in five days.
“I’m aware of the situation, and we were aware when it happened,” said UTEP head coach Joe Golding. “Since that time, Cam [Clardy] has been temporarily suspended from our activities. He didn’t suit up in the Marshall game, and he didn’t go on this previous road trip. We are still gathering information. Obviously, Cam is still a member of our basketball team as we speak. We are still gathering information, and we’ll have a comment later on.”
District Attorney Yvonne Rosales previously stated she did not intend to seek charges against low-level marijuana offenses, such as Clardy’s arrest. However, City Council approved $125,000 for NMS Labs to test evidence for low-level marijuana offenses.
City Council has directed EPPD to practice cite-and-release on low-level marijuana possession charges, and suspects are not supposed to be booked for marijuana possession under 2 ounces unless another offense occurred.
Texas is a constitutional carry state, meaning individuals do not need a permit to carry a weapon. Clardy’s age and carrying a handgun while committing a separate crime made the possession of his weapon illegal.
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