Drug charge against Benson dropped

May 7, 2002

Midland County prosecutors dismissed a marijuana possession charge against Texas running back and Dodgers outfield prospect Cedric Benson for lack of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

“We couldn’t link Cedric to it,” Midland County Assistant District Attorney Bob Stevens told the AP. “There has been no indication he was aware of it and possessed it. We have to have evidence, and it’s just simply not there.”

Benson and a female acquaintance were arrested April 27 at a Midland apartment after police responded to a call about loud music.

Benson was charged with possession of marijuana under 2 ounces, a Class B misdemeanor. He also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor, both Class C misdemeanors.

The drug paraphernalia and alcohol possession charges against Benson were filed in municipal court, and their status was not immediately known.