A roommate and childhood friend of Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony's was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and cited for three traffic offenses while driving Anthony's car in Lochbuie on Sunday night.

Smith was driving a black 2005 Dodge Magnum registered to Melo Enterprises, Anthony's company, according to a Lochbuie Police Department report.

Anthony's agent, Bill Duffy, said his client didn't know about the incident. "He was completely unaware. He wasn't anywhere near the car. I don't think he could be responsible for that."

Smith, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard who played one season at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, signed a letter of intent with CSU in April, when he was billed as an instant fix for the Rams' longtime shooting woes. It was regarded as a major recruiting coup for a struggling CSU program when Smith turned down Texas Tech.

"We need to get to the bottom of it, assemble all the facts and deal with it appropriately at the appropriate time," Layer said in a telephone interview. "I'm not prepared to do anything other than gather information at this time."

Shortly after Smith signed at CSU, Northeastern coach Brian Joyce joined Layer's staff. CSU senior forward Michael Harrison also played at Northeastern.

Smith attended a Philadelphia prep school to qualify academically for a Division I scholarship. He eventually signed with DePaul but left after his freshman year. Smith came to Denver to hang out with Anthony and then play ball at Northeastern. He had been teammates with Anthony going back to youth league football and basketball.

Police pulled Smith over about 10:51 p.m. Sunday on eastbound Interstate 76 because he was driving erratically between two lanes, the report said.

player" and that he was Anthony's roommate. Smith also told the officer that he grew up with Anthony in Baltimore and had permission to drive the car from Anthony's personal assistant. Two passengers were inside the car, identified as Kenneth Dwayne Minor, 23, and Troy C. Smith, 19.

The officer returned to Smith and advised him of his Miranda rights and asked him if he would answer questions. Smith instead asked for an attorney, the report said. The officer called for a dog to sniff the car, but no additional drugs were found.

Passengers Minor and Smith denied knowing about the marijuana, the report said. Police booked Tyler Smith and released him on a summons to appear in court.

In October 2004, an ounce of marijuana was found in the side pocket of Anthony's backpack after it was hand-searched by private security before the Nuggets boarded a team flight to Milwaukee from Denver.

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