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Washington State's Klay Thompson arrested on marijuana-possession charge

March 4, 2011 |  9:09 am

Thompson_250 Washington State star guard Klay Thompson was arrested late Thursday night on a charge of marijuana possession, according to the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash.

Official said Thompson, a junior guard from Ladera Ranch who attended Santa Margarita High School and is the Pacific 10 Conference's leading scorer, was pulled over for a broken headlight in the campus area, the newspaper reported. Officers detected a marijuana odor and eventually found 1.95 grams of marijuana in the car after obtaining a search warrant, police Cmdr. Chris Tennant told the Spokesman-Review.

Thompson, the driver and only occupant of the car, had denied having the drug in his car, officials told the newspaper. He was issued a misdemeanor citation for possession of marijuana and released.

His status for Washington State's game against UCLA on Saturday in Pullman, Wash., was not immediately clear. Thompson scored 22 points Thursday during the Cougars' 85-77 victory over USC that kept them in contention for an NCAA tournament at-large berth.

Thompson is not the first Washington State player this season to be cited for marijuana possession. Point guard Reggie Moore was suspended after being cited in early January on misdemeanor marijuana and drug-paraphernalia charges in the wake of a search of his dorm room the previous month.

-- Ben Bolch in Seattle

Photo: Klay Thompson. Credit: Ted S. Warren / Associated Press