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Judge dismisses LeCorn drug charge

Dion LeCorn
Dion LeCorn

A marijuana charge against South Carolina starting receiver Dion LeCorn was dismissed Monday when a Cayce municipal court judge approved a motion to suppress evidence, according to LeCorn’s lawyer.

LeCorn was arrested for simple possession in February in a parking lot outside a Cayce apartment complex after officers smelled an odor of marijuana and found a small amount of pot in the ashtray of a car driven by LeCorn.

Columbia attorney Lowell Bernstein said one of two tests performed by the Cayce police department on the marijuana, which measured less than .1 gram, came back negative for pot. A drug urinalysis administered by the university on LeCorn also was negative.

When Judge Melody L. James granted Bernstein’s motion during a Monday evening hearing, Bernstein said “there was no case to go forward with.” Bernstein added the charge would be expunged from LeCorn’s record.

“He’s glad to have it behind him,” Bernstein said. “Even though we thought it would get resolved favorably, it was sort of a cloud over his academic and athletic career. He’s extremely happy.”

Attempts to reach James and LeCorn were unsuccessful.

LeCorn, a sophomore from Ocala, Fla., spent a night in jail following the Feb. 17 incident, which began when police responded to a complaint of loud music from a parked car in which LeCorn, fellow receiver Matt Clements and a third man, John Casselberry, were sitting.

According to a police report, LeCorn told officers the three purchased the marijuana from an individual at a Five Points grocery store. The report stated the 19-year-old LeCorn later indicated the marijuana belonged to him.

Casselberry, who went to high school with Clements in Naples, Fla., said he threw a small joint out of the car window when a security officer at the Riverside Estates Apartments approached the vehicle, according to the report. But officers never recovered it.

Neither Clements nor Casselberry, who went to high school with Clements in Naples, was arrested.

LeCorn was suspended from the team briefly after the arrest but was reinstated for the start of spring practice in March.

The 5-foot-11, 208-pound LeCorn started six of USC’s 12 games as a freshman in 2007, finishing as the Gamecocks’ fourth-leading receiver with 27 catches for 315 yards. He set a career high with eight receptions for 109 yards in a 48-36 loss at Arkansas.

The Gamecocks begin preseason practice Friday in preparation for their Aug. 28 opener against N.C. State.

Reach Person at (803) 771-8496.

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