Drug charges dropped, US player released from jail

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OSAKA, Japan (AP) -- Former Indiana basketball player Lynn Washington has been released from an Osaka jail after charges he attempted to smuggle marijuana into Japan were dropped.

The 33-year-old forward for Osaka Evessa spent 18 days in jail after being arrested on March 13 over allegations he violated Japan's Cannabis Control Law.

Japan's professional basketball league issued a statement late Friday saying all charges against Washington had been dropped.

Washington had been alleged to have conspired with his wife to smuggle more than 3 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of about $110,000, through the international mail in November.