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July 25, 2013

Former Oklahoma State University employee released on bail after drug arrest

STILLWATER, Okla. — A former Oklahoma State University employee faced misdemeanor drug charges in Payne County District Court Tuesday.    

Dustin David Benton McKnight, 32, was arrested July 8 and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police reports.

Bail was set at $1,000. McKnight posted bail and has been released from the Payne County Jail.

According to a court affidavit, OSU Police Sgt. Daniel L. Ray responded to a complaint on July 8. Ray confronted McKnight, who was working at a Lake Carl Blackwell cabin. Oklahoma State University owns and operates Lake Carl Blackwell. Ray then asked McKnight if he had narcotics or paraphernalia on him. McKnight surrendered drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Ray confiscated the drugs and drug paraphernalia. The affidavit states approximately a tenth of a gram of marijuana was recovered.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, McKnight said he was terminated a few days after the incident.

McKnight said he used the marijuana to help control his autism. Some medical research indicates prescribed medical marijuana may help autism patients.

If convicted, McKnight faces up to a year in prison and/or fines of up to $1,000 on each charge.

His next court appearance is set for Aug. 22.

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