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LAWYER SAYS ANTHONY'S CHARGE MAY BE DROPPED

Carmelo Anthony was cited for marijuana possession while boarding the team plane last week, though the Denver Nuggets' star says the bag was left in his backpack by a friend.

Anthony, 20, was issued a summons last Friday at Denver International Airport while the Nuggets were waiting to board a flight to Milwaukee for a preseason game. Anthony's attorney, Daniel Recht, said Anthony wasn't aware the marijuana was there and that it was left by an out-of-town friend who borrowed the backpack last week.

Anthony was charged with possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, a petty offense with a maximum $100 fine and no jail time. Recht said Anthony's friend, James Cunningham of St. Louis, has signed an affidavit taking responsibility for leaving the marijuana in the backpack. Recht said he has met with a city attorney and believes the citation against his client could be dismissed as soon as today.

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