The drug case against two former East Tennessee State University basketball players was reset Thursday because the officers involved have the flu, according to a state prosecutor.
Marcus Dubose and Sheldon Cooley both appeared in Washington County Sessions Court, but Assistant District Attorney General Ryan Curtis said the flu kept the officers away.
“It’s going around in their office, your honor,” Curtis told Judge Robert Lincoln.
Dubose is charged with possession of schedule VI drugs for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia and Cooley is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges stem from a package delivered to the ETSU post office for Dubose that contained a quarter pound of marijuana buds. A subsequent search of Dubose and Cooley’s apartment turned up a set of scales, which law enforcement said is commonly used to weigh drugs for packaging to sell.
Cooley’s attorney, Tom Jessee, asked Lincoln to dismiss the case because he said there is documented evidence to show his client is innocent, and that Cooley has to fly from Tampa, Fla., for court hearings.
But Lincoln said the state’s excuse was legitimate enough to allow a continuance.
Dubose’s attorney, Cliff Corker, was delayed in another court and did not attend the hearing.
The case was continued until Feb. 14.