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story.lead_photo.caption Razorbacks forward Dustin Thomas, who started 44 games the past two seasons, was dismissed for an undisclosed violation of team rules, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Coach Mike Anderson announced Monday. - Photo by J.T. Wampler

Several weeks before being dismissed from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville men's basketball team on Monday, Dustin Thomas was cited on a drug possession charge in Fayetteville, records show.

According to a Fayetteville Police Department report, an officer spoke with Thomas shortly before 2 a.m. on Feb. 9 after seeing a white Ford Expedition with its brake lights on in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1500 block of South Razorback Road.

Thomas told the officer he lived at the complex, the report said, noting the officer smelled "burnt marijuana" before asking if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle.

[DOCUMENT: Read the full Fayetteville Police Department report]

Police wrote that Thomas initially said there wasn't anything illegal in the vehicle and that the cigar he was smoking was a Black and Mild.

"I told Thomas that if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and he handed it over at this time, I might be able to work with him to keep him [from] going to jail for the evening," the officer wrote. "Thomas handed me a small yellow envelope containing a small amount of unburnt marijuana."

Thomas was issued a citation on a charge of possession of marijuana "in lieu of arrest," the report said.

The status of the case wasn't clear on Tuesday. It also wasn't immediately known if the citation was the cause for Thomas' dismissal, which was announced on Monday for an unspecified violation of team rules.

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  • LRDawg
    March 6, 2018 at 10:04 a.m.

    Wow....ruin a kid's career over a "small amount of marijuana." Ridiculous

  • Razorbacks901
    March 6, 2018 at 10:05 a.m.

    What a way to totally screw up a free education!! He will pay the price for this for years to come. Most people spend half their life paying off student loans!! It sounds like he didn't just get a "second chance", he got multiple chances, and still couldn't get it right.

  • MaxCady
    March 6, 2018 at 10:28 a.m.

    I bet if you dismissed everyone on that team for smoking weed, they'd have to cancel the rest of the season!

  • hah406
    March 6, 2018 at 11:11 a.m.

    Thomas is a senior. His "career" is two or three more games at best. And this already was beyond his second chance, if folks will remember back just a ways.

  • CCNelson
    March 6, 2018 at 11:33 a.m.

    My question is why the public can’t be told what happened the reason for his dismissal everything has to be this big secrete all these boys are over 18 years old but they are still protected because they are students. If they do something and it’s against the law or rules the fans or public should be told what they did. Nothing against coach Anderson he should be able to do whatever he feels he needs to do to for the best interest of the team.

  • hah406
    March 6, 2018 at 12:20 p.m.

    The part where he broke the law (several times) is public. But I have always believed what happens in the locker room and within the team does not need to be aired in public. The public doesn't need to know if he was skipping class, or back-talked coach Anderson, or whatever. The totality of repeatedly breaking the law plus violations of team rules mean that he is gone, and I take Coach Anderson's word for it.

  • 23cal
    March 6, 2018 at 12:58 p.m.

    LRDawg.....surely you didn't read past the headline. The kid's career wasn't ruined over a little bit of marijuana. I suspect after a bunch of warnings he got an ultimatum, and then messed up again. He was one of the players involved in the counterfeiting brouhaha, was suspended from the team for several weeks during his redshirt season after being arrested along with teammates Anton Beard and Jacorey Williams on forgery charges, started this season on suspension for undisclosed reasons, missed the Razorbacks' two exhibition games and the first three regular-season games, didn't play against Ole Miss or South Carolina at home despite dressing out, and got a reefer citation. Also, we have no idea what else has gone on between he and Anderson. Anderson may have caught him with something real bad in the locker room, we have no way of knowing. In any event, based on what we do know, it wasn't just over a little bit of marijuana.

  • FreddyBry
    March 6, 2018 at 1:03 p.m.

    In Arkansas, it's called a drug charge. In Colorado, it's known as a legal health supplement. Dustin should have stayed in the Rockies. I liked most of his game but he is an example of one of many of the players on the team. No matter how basketball savvy you are or how "athletic" you are, you have to be able to shoot jump shots with some consistency in this century. Arkansas has only two and a half players who really can shoot. And if one of those players is having an off night, forget about it. Recruit some shooters, Coach.

  • Murphy01
    March 6, 2018 at 2:22 p.m.

    "Wow....ruin a kid's career over a "small amount of marijuana." Ridiculous"
    Bwahhhhhh!!! SMH, spoken like a true democrat, kid ruined is own "career" by breaking the law. Period.

  • msh
    March 6, 2018 at 3:50 p.m.

    Murphy01 Party affiliation has nothing to do with right or wrong. Both are filled with losers.