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April 27, 2012

UPDATE: $70,000 worth of mailed marijuana leads to jail for four in Stillwater

Two Oklahoma State athletes among suspects in mailed marijuana case

STILLWATER, Okla. — An Oklahoma State University baseball player was arrested after $35,000 of marijuana was delivered to his house, Stillwater police said Friday.

Gabriel Weidenaar, 23, is a senior on the Cowboys’ baseball team. A package containing marijuana was delivered to Weidenaar’s house at 123 S. Payne St. Thursday while Stillwater police officers dressed in plain clothes looked on, police Det. Kyle Bruce said.

Former OSU football player Jarrod Fields was at Weidenaar’s house when a postal worker delivered the package. Another OSU student, Austin Yoder, was also there, Bruce said.

Another package with $35,000 of marijuana inside was sent to OSU student Ryan Large at 4807 N. Britton Drive, Bruce said.

Large, 24, was charged Friday with unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled drug without tax stamp affixed and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. In another case filed Friday he was charged with marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

Weidenaar, Yoder and Fields had not yet been charged by Friday evening.

Weidenaar is an OSU senior utility player and pitcher from Bozeman, Mont. He is typically the starting left fielder for the Cowboys, but has also seen some time in right field and at first base in his career.

He is second in the team in batting, with a .314 average and four home runs and 17 RBIs. Weidenaar also holds a 13-game hitting streak — the longest on the team.

As a junior, Weidenaar was an All-Big 12 second team selection. He hit .280 with two home runs and 22 RBIs.

District Attorney Tom Lee confirmed he plans to file charges against Weidenaar.

“All the charges will be filed on that incident Monday,” Lee said.

Each package was shipped from California and contained four pounds of high-quality marijuana, Bruce said.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents in California contacted the postal inspector’s office in Tulsa and notified them of a suspicious package. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is a federal law enforcement agency. The agents in California sent the packages to the Tulsa office instead of their addressed destinations in Stillwater, Bruce said.

A Tulsa-based agent brought the packages to the Stillwater Police Department Thursday. The packages were delivered to the two addresses at about 10 a.m. that day, Bruce said.

Law enforcement officers had anticipatory search warrants, which allowed them to search the houses if the packages were accepted, Bruce said. Police searched both houses.

The return address on the packages is the location of a Walmart store in San Diego, Bruce said, but the packages appear to have been shipped from a San Encinitas, Calif., post office, he said.

The packages were addressed to false names, Bruce said.

OSU officials are aware of the arrests.

“Weidenaar is on the baseball team but is not with the team for this weekend’s series at Kansas State. The coaching staff is gathering information and his status with the team will be determined as soon as possible,” OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said. “Fields was a reserve on the football team. He was a senior last season so he is no longer on the team.”

Fields, a cornerback from Ardmore, participated in OSU Pro Day last month. He was released from jail on personal recognizance bond late Friday afternoon, a representative with the Payne County Sheriff’s Office said.

A Payne County judge set Large’s total bail at $50,000 and he was still in jail Friday evening.

No bail had been set for Weidenaar and Yoder as of Friday afternoon.

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