Baylor running back Devin Chafin (28) is tackled by Texas linebacker Edwin Freeman (35) during the first half at McLane Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Waco, Texas. Texas won 23-17.
Baylor running back Devin Chafin was arrested and charged with marijuana possession by the Tillman County sheriff’s office on Friday, according to a Facebook post from the department.
Chafin has been suspended from the team indefinitely, according to a statement from Art Briles. The Bears were off from spring practice this week for spring break, but were set to resume on Monday. Chafin will not take part.
According to the Facebook post, Chafin and a friend were returning from a spring break trip in Colorado when they were stopped for speeding on Highway 70 in southwest Oklahoma at 8:05 a.m. A sheriff discovered marijuana and THC-laced candy, which were purchased legally in Colorado. Marijuana is only legal for medicinal uses in the state of Oklahoma. Both Chafin and the fellow passenger were arrested and charged in the Tillman County Jail.
Chafin is from Burkburnett, which is near Wichita Falls. Chafin was pulled over less than 50 miles away in Oklahoma.
Chafin has been a consistent contributor for each of his three seasons as an active player on Baylor’s roster. The rising redshirt senior has rushed for 1,256 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career. He posted a career-high with 578 yards and nine touchdowns in just 10 games last season. Chafin was expected to be one of the top two running backs on the roster — his status is now up in the air. Redshirt sophomore Terence Williams will likely take his touches in spring practice.
The full statement on Facebook from Tillman County Sheriff’s office:
At approximately 0805 hours this morning, Sheriff Whittington stopped a vehicle for speeding approximately 13 miles west of Grandfield on Highway 70. During the course of the stop, it was discovered that the occupants were in possession of marijuana and marijuana candy that they purchased in Colorado while on spring break. Both occupants, Devin Chafin and Jennifer Kerr were arrested and booked into the Tillman County Jail on Possession of Marijuana charges. It was learned during this contact that Devin Chafin is a starting running back for Baylor University. We are deeply concerned of the conduct of these individuals. Although marijuana is legal in Colorado, it isn’t in Oklahoma. Also, the marijuana candy looks like any hard candy you could purchase in any store. We sure would hate to see a small child ingest this candy that has a high THC content!
SOURCES: sportsday.dallasnews.com, by BAYLOR BEARS