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High school referee arrested on drug charges before Ohio game

Roger Ward pulled into a police station to ask where to park when officer noticed smell of marijuana

5:51 PM, Oct. 03, 2012 EDT

If there are any NFL replacement referees looking for work, they might try inquiring with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

On Friday, 22-year-old high school referee Roger Ward was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and related charges while on his way to work a game between Westlake and Olmsted Falls.

Ward pulled into the Westlake police station parking lot before Friday's game and asked an officer where he could park. As Capt. Guy Turner told Cleveland.com, the officer "noticed the pungent odor of raw marijuana emitting from Ward's car" and saw marijuana on the vehicle's center console.

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According to the report, police seized $1,391 from Ward's vehicle, along with marijuana, a scale, a pipe and other drug paraphernalia. He was not wearing his referee uniform at the time.

The OHSSA has suspended Ward until his criminal case is complete. At that time, officials will decide whether Ward may work as a referee in Ohio again.



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