The suspected marijuana found during a Springfield traffic stop that led to Missouri sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham’s arrest did not belong to him, according to a search warrant filed Jan. 23 in Greene County.
According to the warrant, Patrick W. Prouty, 20, one of the men arrested along with Green-Beckham, told Springfield Police that he owned the large container of suspected marijuana found when officers stopped a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by John W. McDaniel, 20, for an expired plate tab.
Police conducted a search of the vehicle after smelling the odor of marijuana and found approximately one pound of suspected pot along with drug paraphernalia and scales with suspected marijuana residue. Prouty, who denied selling marijuana in a subsequent interview with police, also had more than $2,000 in cash.
McDaniel, who said he regularly bought small quantities of marijuana from Prouty, told police that a smaller container of marijuana found in the glove box was his, according to the warrant.
Green-Beckham, 20, said that he smelled marijuana in the car when he got in but that he did not know where it was and that it was not his, according to the search warrant. He said he was in the car to get a ride to a friend’s house and did not witness anyone smoking marijuana.
But McDaniel told police he smoked a “blunt” with Prouty and Green-Beckham before being pulled over.
A copy of the warrant, which was used by police to search Prouty’s cell phone, was obtained Wednesday by The Star.
Tyson J. Martin, an attorney for Green-Beckham, also said in a statement Wednesday that Prouty admitted ownership of the marijuana, according to court documents.
“Throughout this entire investigation, Dorial has denied, and continues to deny any knowledge, or any connection with a large amount of suspected marijuana that was found in the back of a vehicle in which Dorial was a passenger,” Martin’s statement read in part. “As has been filed with the court in the form of search warrant returns, another occupant of the vehicle, Patrick Prouty admitted ownership of the marijuana. Additionally, a large amount of cash was also discovered in the pocket of Mr. Prouty, after he had refused to allow the officers to search him.
“Dorial has been nothing but completely cooperative with law enforcement throughout this entire process. Dorial very much regrets putting himself in this situation, and he is anxious to put this ordeal behind him. We are hopeful, in light of what this investigation has uncovered, that this matter will quickly be resolved in a positive manner for Dorial.”
The three men were arrested Jan. 10 on suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance, a felony, and were released the following morning. Springfield Police are still investigating the case and have not forwarded it to Green County prosecutors, who will determine if any of the men are charged.
“We haven’t given anything to the prosecutor yet, because we’re still waiting on the lab results (to confirm it was marijuana,” Springfield Police public affairs officer Lisa Cox said. “It’s still ongoing.”
That process could take up to six months, according to police.