Carolina, Feb 4: Reports suggest that the Richland County authorities of South Carolina are planning to slap criminal charges against Olympian Michael Phelps for allegedly using Marijuana. It is learnt that Phelps was photographed with a marijuana pipe in his hands in his country. The photo was allegedly taken during a Nov house party while Phelps was visiting the University of South Carolina.
The authorities has announced a preliminary investigation into the incident. They said that though Phelps have publicly apologised for the incident, it cannot be taken lightly and forget about. The officials added that Phelps had broken the law and if charges of smoking marijuana is proved, they will charge Phelps.
Meanwhile the International Olympic Committee said an apology from record-breaking Olympic champion Michael Phelps, who was photographed inhaling from a pipe used for smoking marijuana, was proof enough of his sincerity. It was Britain's News of the World newspaper which ran a picture of swimmer Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at last year's Beijing Olympics, with the glass pipe, saying it was taken at a student party at the University of South Carolina in Columbia last November.
But the newspaper did not say Phelps was smoking marijuana but said the glass pipe the swimmer was photographed with was generally used to smoke the drug. In South Carolina, the possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to 30 days or a $570 fine.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)