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Rays Prospect Dukes Charged with Marijuana Possession

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Devil Rays prospect Elijah Dukes was arrested this week and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after a traffic stop.

The 22-year-old Dukes, who lives in nearby Brandon, was pulled over in his 2006 Dodge Charger on Monday night because of a loud music violation, police said Tuesday.

An officer smelled marijuana, and a search by a police dog found less than 2 grams of marijuana in the car’s center console, police said.

A 23-year-old passenger also was arrested. Both men were released on the promise that they appear in court later.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Dukes is listed on the Devil Rays’ 40-man roster. A third-round draft pick in 2002, the switch-hitting outfielder has a history of problems on and off the field.

Dukes was suspended for 15 games at Triple-A Durham last year for disciplinary reasons. He was suspended for five games by the International League after being ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

Dukes also publicly criticized the Tampa Bay organization last year and the conditions at Durham.

The Devil Rays said they would later release a statement about Dukes’ arrest.

How does so much talent find a way to destroy itself? This is just another stupid mistake in a pool of many stupid mistakes. I personally hope the Devil Rays trade this guy while he still has some value or punish him heavily.

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