REPORT: Lard’s possession of drug paraphernalia charge dismissed

Dec 7, 2017; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Cameron Lard (2) dunks against the Iowa Hawkeyes at James H. Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones beat the Hawkeyes 84 to 78. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The possession of drug paraphernalia charge against Cameron Lard has been dropped, according to the Des Moines Register‘s Randy Peterson. The dismissal came Tuesday during a pre-trial hearing in which Lard also pleaded guilty to speeding.

Both of the charges are simple misdemeanors and do not warrant suspensions under the Iowa State student-athlete discipline policy.

Lard was pulled over around 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 for speeding, according to Peterson’s report. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana and asked to search the vehicle, which Lard’s lawyer told the Register belonged to someone else.

“He was at an apartment with other people,” Lard’s lawyer, Matt Boles said. “He had to run back to his place for something, and someone said ‘take my car.’”

Lard consented to a search which turned up a glass pipe with marijuana residue inside the console of the back passenger side door. Iowa State’s 6-foot-9 freshman center was the only passenger inside the car.

Lard averaged 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in his first season on the court for the Cyclones. He will be a redshirt sophomore when the 2018-19 season tips off this winter.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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