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Houston Astros outfielder arrested in Tampa on marijuana charge

TAMPA -- Houston Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer, 25, was arrested in Tampa early Tuesday and charged with a felony count of possession of marijuana, according to arrest reports.

According to a Tampa Police arrest report, Schafer, who was traded from Atlanta to Houston in July in the deal that sent the Braves outfielder Michael Bourn, was arrested at 12:38 a.m. at 2223 Westshore Boulevard, the address for The Cheesecake Factory restaurant. He was booked at 1:59 a.m. and released from county jail at 5:15 a.m. on $2,000 cash bond.

According to Tampa police, Schafer had an expired Mississippi license tag on his black 2008 Range Rover when he was stopped on Columbus Avenue. The arrest report states that both front windows were down and a "strong odor of marijuana was emitting" from the car. The report said Schafer had a marijuana joint in his left hand, and a search of the vehicle found a "clear plastic container containing a green leafy substance" which tested positive as marijuana.

The report said he was in possession of 25 grams of marijuana. In Florida, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana makes the crime a third-degree felony instead of a misdemeanor.

Schafer, who was a top prospect in the Braves' minor-league system, hit .242 in 82 games in 2011, including 30 games with Houston. Schafer was suspended for 50 games as a minor-leaguer in 2008, accused of violating baseball's drug policy by taking human growth hormone.

Schafer attended Winter Haven High School before being drafted, and listed a Haines City address on the arrest report. He declined to give police the name of his employer.

Houston Astros outfielder arrested in Tampa on marijuana charge 10/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 11:14am]
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