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|Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:58 pm Post subject: Lincecum busted for pot and pipes...
|WTF? Northern Cali athletes trying to one-up each other in the headlines?
SEATTLE (AP)—San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum(notes) is facing misdemeanor marijuana charges following a traffic stop in his home state.
Washington State Patrol spokesman Steve Schatzel said Thursday that the 2008 Cy Young Award winner and former University of Washington star was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 5 in the town of Hazel Dell, about four miles north of the Oregon border, on Oct. 30.
An officer approached Lincecum’s 2006 Mercedes and smelled marijuana as the pitcher rolled down his window. Schatzel said Lincecum immediately complied with a request to hand over the drug and a marijuana pipe from the car’s center console.
In this Oct. 1, 2009, photo, San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum(notes) sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Francisco. Lincecum is facing misdemeanor marijuana charges following a traffic stop in his home state of Washington.
The amount measured was 3.3 grams. Schatzel said police consider that a small amount for personal use, well below the maximum of 40 grams before possession is classified differently and carries a more severe penalty.
The incident was first reported by The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash.
“It was about the size of a thumb, the whole thumb,” Schatzel said of the volume of marijuana Lincecum handed over.
Lincecum could face potential fines totaling $622 for the misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia counts plus the citation for driving 74 mph in a 60 mph zone, Schatzel said.
The 25-year-old All-Star starter entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney on Monday, according to records in Clark County District Court. A hearing that had been scheduled for Friday morning was canceled, pending a pretrial conference between Lincecum’s attorney and a county prosecutor on Nov. 23.
Lincecum is currently scheduled to appear before a judge on Dec. 22.
The Giants said they were aware of the situation but did not immediately have a comment.
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