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Washington St. Teammates Caught with 38 Marijuana Plants

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By Jason Beahm on October 14, 2010 7:02 AM

It's good to be industrious and start a business while you're in college. However, it's best to choose a line of work that isn't illegal.

Two Washington St. football players may have learned this lesson a day late. Jamal Atofau and Andre Barrington were arrested after Pullman police found 38 marijuana plants growing in the house that they were renting with two other people.

Police say they were at the house as part of an unrelated warrant, but discovered the plants growing in a room in the basement. Police then obtained a warrant to search for drugs and found the plants, paraphernalia and manufacturing equipment. All four renters were arrested, booked and released on their own recognizance, according to police spokesman Cmdr. Chris Tennant.

"We're in a college town, it's not that unusual to find five or six plants growing in somebody's individual bedroom ... Thirty-eight plants in a residence is quite a big deal for us," Tenant said, The Seattle Times reports.

All four are being charged with a violation of the uniform controlled substance act, though the specific charge is yet to be determined. That will have to wait until the plants dry so they can be weighed.

Despite the fact that there is a trend in the U.S. toward decriminalizing marijuana possession, growing and selling are still serious crimes in most states. (Especially when it's large scale.) Growing or possessing large quantities of marijuana leads to serious charges, such as felony drug cultivation and manufacturing, as well as felony intent to distribute.

Neither player had seen much action for Washington St. this season. Atofau was suspended from the team and Barrington was already ineligible. After the arrest, it looks like they'll be seeing even less time on the turf.

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