Baylor receiver Rhodes arrested on drug charges

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Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:01 am

A promising 20-year-old Baylor University freshman football player was arrested early Friday morning on drug charges following a traffic stop.

Wide receiver Robbie Rhodes was charged with tampering with physical evidence and possession of marijuana, according to jail records.

Rhodes was booked into McLennan County Jail on Friday morning about 4 a.m. and released just before 1 p.m. on a $4,000 bond.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Rhodes was pulled over after he didn’t signal a lane change at South 18th Street and Clay Avenue. The officer smelled marijuana when he approached Rhodes’ car, Swanton said, and found 5.8 grams of marijuana in a baggie under the front seat.

Swanton said the tampering charge was added because Rhodes allegedly tried to hide the drugs.

According to jail records, Rhodes was previously cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, which carried a $448 fine, but has no other arrest history in McLennan County.

Rhodes was one of the top recruits in the 2013 class for the Bears out of Fort Worth Southwest High School.

He played as a true freshman last fall as he made 10 catches for 157 yards during an injury-plagued season. He’s expected to be one of Baylor’s top receivers this fall.

As a high school senior in 2012, he caught 32 passes for 945 yards and 16 touchdowns and also rushed for 296 yards and six touchdowns.

It’s unclear whether Rhodes will be disciplined by the school. Contacted by media, Baylor Head Coach Art Briles said it was the first he had learned about the incident.

Briles said he would address the situation.

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