February 6, 2009

Report: NMSU guard jailed on drug charge

Guard Terrance Joyner of New Mexico State has been suspended for what the school said was a violation of team rules, the Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News reported.

Joyner, a 6-foot-2 inch freshman from Woodland Hills, Calif., was arrested Wednesday morning by police in El Paso, Texas, for possession of marijuana at El Paso International Airport.

TSA agents alerted police after checking a bag belonging to Joyner that was checked with Southwest Airlines. It contained approximately 11/2 marijuana cigarettes, the report said.

Joyner is free on the $300 bond he posted while at the El Paso County Jail.

If he is found guilty of the possession charge, a Class B misdemeanor in Texas, Joyner faces a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

NMSU student-athletes must sign a consent form and if they test positive three times during their athletic career, a player is subject to immediate removal from his or her athletic team.

Results of a random drug test were not available.