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Felony charge dropped for Padres catcher Luis Campusano

Mar 17, 2021; Mesa, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres catcher Luis Campusano against the Chicago Cubs during a Spring Training game at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia prosecutors will not pursue a felony charge against San Diego Padres catcher Luis Campusano, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday.

The 22-year old was pulled over while driving in Georgia last October when police reportedly found 79 grams of marijuana in his possession. The state’s limit before possession becomes a felony is just under 30 grams.

According to the report, state prosecutors will not pursue the possession charge because of a probable-cause issue with the traffic stop itself.

Campusano made the Padres’ Opening Day roster as the backup catcher behind Victor Caratini. A spot was available after starting catcher Austin Nola fractured a finger during spring training.

Campusano, who is expected to start Friday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, made his major league debut in 2020. He played in just one regular-season game last season, when he collected a hit and scored two runs against the Oakland Athletics on Sept. 4.

The 2017 second-round draft pick out of Cross Creek (Ga.) High School, also had one at-bat during San Diego’s National League Division Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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–Field Level Media