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Osaka Evessa's Washington cleared of all drug charges

Date Posted: 2012-04-06

Lynn Washington has been cleared of all drug charges, but he wasn’t wearing an Osaka Evessa uniform over the weekend.

Osaka Prefectural Police released the team’s star forward on Friday after holding him for 18 days, after prosecutors said they’d not seek charges against him. The Osaka Evessa did not clear Washington, though, as the Western Division second place team behind Okinawa was playing the Miyazaki Shining Suns in Kyushu.

An Osaka Evessa spokesman says the team was advised by Osaka Prefectural Police of Washington’s release. The 33-year-old Washington, a product of Indiana University, had been arrested and accused of smuggling about one kilogram of marijuana into Japan last November. The package sent from the U.S. was addressed to Washington’s wife, Dana.

Mrs. Washington was arrested in February, and the Evessa team spokesman, Makoto Yamada, says privacy provisions prohibit release of details about Dana Washington. He said the team has had no contact with her.

The Osaka Evessa, Washington's team since the bj-League's inception in 2005, issued a statement on Friday saying Osaka Prefectural Police informed the club by telephone of the veteran forward's release, but did not say exactly when that would happen. But Washington confirmed his release in an evening interview with The Japan Times on Friday. He also said he's returned to his Osaka home.

Osaka coach Ryan Blackwell says it’s unclear for the moment what happens next with Washington, despite Washington’s having been cleared and charges dropped. Team spokesman Yamada says “we just don’t know what’s going to happen,” adding that the team will be discussing the matter this week.

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