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Adams has drug paraphernalia charge dropped

3/2/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State freshman offensive lineman Mike Adams had a possession of drug paraphernalia charge dismissed today at a pretrial hearing. 

Police found no evidence of drugs on a pipe they found in Adams' car during a Jan. 14 traffic stop. Adams also voluntarily took a drug test that came back negative. He will only be responsible for paying a fine for running a stop sign.  

The news also appears to be good for Adams' teammate and fellow offensive lineman, J.B. Shugarts, who faces the same charge.

Garth Cox, the attorney representing both Adams and Shugarts, told me Shugarts also passed a drug test and should have the drug paraphernalia charge dropped at his pretrial hearing Wednesday. 

Both Adams and Shugarts had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

It's unlikely either player will face major disciplinary action when Ohio State opens spring practice April 2. Both Adams and Shugarts are expected to compete for starting spots on the Buckeyes' offensive line this spring.