Mailed marijuana lands OSU baseball player in jail


STILLWATER, Okla. — Four people in Stillwater are in trouble with the law for mail-order marijuana.

After their delivery showed up, so did police.

The bust involved a player on the OSU baseball team.

This story starts in southern California where postal inspectors pulled some suspicious packages off the line.

Even though the product inside was vacuum sealed, wrapped in plastic wrap, placed in an envelope and then put in a box, dogs could still smell something was wrong.

Warrants followed and now the OSU baseball star is behind bars.

The four packages mailed from San Diego ended up at two addresses in Stillwater.

One was the home where Gabriel Weidenaar lives.

Stillwater Police Detective Kyle Bruce said, “He’s the one who had the connection in California.”

After the U.S. Postal Inspector called Stillwater Police to tell them about the find, officers were waiting for the delivery.

They moved in after the packages were accepted.

Police arrested Weidenhaar, his girlfriend, Austin Yoder, and friends Ryan Large and Jarrod Fields.

The four packages held a total of eight pounds of marijuana.

Bruce said the street value of the shipment totaled about $70,000.

Bruce said, “We’re happy to get it out of town. It probably would have affected us and the surrounding areas around here. We’re still investigating it but it’s possible he’s sending it on to some other places.”

The marijuana was “medical grade” meaning high-quality.

Bruce said this shipment was unusually large but the idea is not uncommon.

He said, “We have a problem with the legalized marijuana states California, Oregon, Colorado. We’ve intercepted packages sent through the postal service, UPS, Fed Ex where they have the hydroponic marijuana sent to Stillwater to be sold here locally or passed on to someone else.”

Bruce said Weidenaar may have been getting shipments of the mail-order marijuana for months.

He said, “He is a starter on the OSU baseball team. Little league baseball players look up to local baseball teams and he’s one of the main names on the team. It is disheartening for the kids to realize someone they were looking up to was involved in this kind of activity.”

Weidenaar made his first court appearance Friday afternoon in Payne County court while the rest of the baseball team traveled to Kansas State.

He’s facing charges of possession with intent to distribute and could also face federal charges for sending the marijuana through the U.S. mail.

An OSU spokesperson said they are gathering information about the situation and will decide Weidenaar’s status with the team as soon as possible.