Pot charges dropped for NC State's Thornton
Posted March 5
North Carolina State University sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton's charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphenalia were voluntarily dismissed Wednesday.
Thornton participated in the Wolfpack's first football practice Wednesday morning before leaving early to attend court.
NC State head coach Dave Doeren said Monday Thornton remains suspended but "he is with the team everyday, trains with the team. I'm around him everyday. That's the only way to help him grow as a person. We keep him around us but we're still waiting on all the things we need to find out to determine playing time and the future of the program."
In December detectives went to Thornton’s apartment to follow up on a sexual battery case that was reported to the NCSU Police Department. The detectives knocked on Thornton’s door at College Inn apartments, at 2717 Western Blvd., in Raleigh, and smelled marijuana, according to the warrant.
Marchez Coates, also an NC State football player, answered the door and gave the two detectives permission to enter the apartment where they found “several marijuana stems and a partial marijuana cigarette lying on the kitchen table,” the warrant stated.
According to the warrant, seized items include: two marijuana cigarettes, marijuana stems and a grinder in the common area; three marijuana cigarettes and 0.3 grams of marijuana in Thornton’s bedroom; and a pill bottle containing five 500mg Naproxen (a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medication) in Jones’ bedroom , although the prescription was not in his name.
Wolfpack cornerback Juston Burris is listed as a fourth roomate at the apartment. Neither Burris nor Coates face any charges and Thornton has not been charged in the sexual battery investigation.
Thornton was arrested June 6 on charges of assaulting a female after witnesses alleged he and his girlfriend were involved in a physical altercation in the D.H. Hill Library. Thornton was given a deferred prosecution ruling in that case so he could undergo monitored counseling.
Thornton has led NC State in rushing each of the last two seasons despite playing a limited role as a freshman and being held out due to suspension for the first two games this year. He has amassed 1,462 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns in 20 career games with the Wolfpack.