Benson could face jail time

April 29, 2002

Cedric Benson, a University of Texas running back and Dodgers outfield prospect, was arrested on misdemeanor drug and alcohol possession charges over the weekend, the Associated Press reported.

Benson was arrested early Saturday at an apartment complex in his hometown of Midland, Texas. Police say they’ve charged the 19-year-old with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a minor in possession of alcohol. All three charges are misdemeanors.

Benson, 19, was taken to the Midland County Central Detention Center and released after posting $1,365 that morning.

If convicted on the marijuana possession charge–a Class B misdemeanor–Benson faces up to a $2,000 fine and six months in jail. The paraphernalia and minor in possession of alcohol charges are Class C misdemeanor offenses and carry up to a $500 fine each.

Benson set a Longhorns freshman record last season when he gained 1,053 yards on 223 carries and scored 12 touchdowns. He was drafted in the 12th round last June by Los Angeles and is expected to debut in the minors this summer.