Continuance in Schafer case
A continuance has been granted in the case of Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer, who appeared in a Florida court Monday morning to face charges of possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Schafer, who arrested in October following a traffic stop in Tampa, is scheduled back in a Hillsborough County court on Nov. 28 after the court asked for a continuance in the case. Schafer’s attorney declined comment.
Schafer, acquired by the Astros from the Braves in the Michael Bourn trade earlier this year, was arrested early on Oct. 4 when undercover police officers spotted him smoking marijuana while driving his black Land Rover and initiated a traffic stop. Police found more marijuana in the vehicle.
The Astros have maintained their stance of not commenting on police matters.
According to a Tampa police report, Schafer was driving a 2008 Land Rover with the windows down when he pulled up next to police officers inside an unmarked car. Both vehicles were stopped at a red light when the officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and saw the driver smoking marijuana.
The officers pulled over the Land Rover, and Schafer admitted to smoking marijuana and having more in the center console. After he was read his rights, he admitted the marijuana was his and his alone. There were two passengers in the vehicle.
The officers searched his vehicle and located a plastic container with 25.9 grams of marijuana, along with three small marijuana peanut butter cups which contained 247.8 milligrams of marijuana, according to its packaging.
Schafer, 25, hit .245 and stole seven bases in 30 games in a part-time role with the Astros. He was on the disabled list with a hand injury when the Astros acquired him, and wound up starting 25 games after coming off the disabled list on Aug. 22.
The former top prospect in the Braves’ Minor League system, Schafer was suspended 50 games in the Minor Leagues in 2008 for use of human growth hormone in violation of the Minor League drug prevention and treatment program.