Virginia Tech's Ty Outlaw charged with marijuana possession

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech's Ty Outlaw has been charged with possession of marijuana, potentially jeopardizing his status for the remainder of the NCAA Tournament.

The sixth-year senior was charged March 21, the day after he and the Hokies arrived in San Jose, California for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, according to records on the Virginia Courts Case Information website. His hearing is set for April 11. Outlaw started and scored seven points March 23 as the fourth-seeded Hokies beat Saint Louis 66-52 in the first round of the tournament.

According to Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt, drug charges can be issued even if those who are charged aren't found with drugs on their person.

"You need to have dominion and control over them, and do not have to be in actual physical possession," Pettit said in an email to WDBJ7.

WDBJ7 obtained a copy of a search warrant dated March 20 and served March 21 to search Outlaw's apartment on Appalachian Drive in Blacksburg.

According to the warrant, police searched the apartment and found "one white pill, 2 yellow capsules, an electronic vape cartridge and green plant material."

A summons was served on March 26 for Outlaw to appear April 11 in Montgomery County General District Court on a class U misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana (first offense).

A spokesperson for the Blacksburg Police Department said they do not comment on active cases.

Virginia Tech plays Friday night against top-seeded Duke in Washington, D.C.

Virginia Tech officials did not immediately respond Wednesday to questions about Outlaw's status going forward.

Outlaw, who lost one season of eligibility to a heart condition and another to a torn ACL, is among the top 3-point shooters in the nation, having made 78 of 171, or 45.6 percent. He is fifth in scoring at 8.7 points per game for the Hokies, but a streaky shooter capable of big games. His career high is 24 points for a game in which he made a then-school record eight 3-pointers against Miami on Feb. 27, 2017.

Outlaw also started the Hokies' second-round game against Liberty, finishing with 11 points and a career-best 11 rebounds in a 67-58 victory.