Charges against Jarret Stoll in Las Vegas await toxicology results
Criminal charges against Kings center Jarret Stoll, arrested Friday for suspicion of possession of cocaine and Ecstasy at the MGM Grand pool in Las Vegas, are pending toxicology results, a spokeswoman for the Clark County district attorney told The Times on Monday.
“The office is awaiting the results of toxicology reports on the alleged narcotics and we will likely not have those results for several weeks,” Tess Driver, the district attorney’s executive assistant, wrote in an email. “Formal charges ... will not be filed until we receive those results and are able to fully review the case.”
Stoll faces felony charges of drug possession if the substances come back positive.
There’s a pending hearing on Stoll’s case at 8:30 a.m. on July 1, the same day the center who helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014 is eligible for free agency.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrest report for Stoll, 32, was released Monday.
Reviewed by The Times, it details that Stoll “consented to a voluntary pat-down upon entrance to the Wet Republic Pool by security,” a search that was posted on a sign to all entering the premises.
The security guard, according to the report, “found an off-white powder in two pink baggies, small baggies, he recognized as contraband, also a clear plastic baggie containing numerous gel-caps with an off-white powder inside the caps.”
The baggies were found “in the right, back pocket of Stoll’s swimsuit shorts.”
A police officer who spoke with Stoll said, “I immediately recognized from my training and experience having been a narcotics detective for the past 20 years [that] the off-white powder in [the] pink baggie [was] consistent with the illegal narcotic cocaine.
“The gel-caps with the powder inside were consistent with the illegal narcotic MDMA [Ecstasy] or street term ‘Molly.’”
A field test identified the off-white powder as cocaine, weighing 3.3 grams, according to the report. The gel-caps weighed 8.1 grams.
The police officer said he asked Stoll if the powder was cocaine and Stoll answered, “Yes,” according to the report. The gel-caps were seized pending chemical analysis.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, who was in Winnipeg on Monday for the Jets-Ducks playoff game, said Stoll’s arrest triggered an automatic referral to the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program, which is administered jointly by the NHL and the NHL Players’ Assn.
“We’ll look more into the circumstances and facts in it and we’ll see if any further or different action is required,” said Daly, who added that he had seen the arrest report.
“It’s too early to know the factual investigation, how that plays out and how that impacts next steps.”
Because the SABH program is operated on a basis of confidentiality, Daly said he could not provide any details of what happens next for Stoll.
He also declined to comment on whether Stoll’s impending free-agent status and the Kings’ season having ended were factors in the league not immediately suspending Stoll. “I’m really not in a position to even comment on that yet because I don’t know enough,” Daly said.
The NHL acted swiftly to suspend Kings defenseman Slava Voynov in October after the defenseman was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Voynov was later charged with a felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury.
Earlier Monday, Stoll’s attorney in Las Vegas, David Chesnoff — a prominent Las Vegas attorney who has represented Paris Hilton, Bruno Mars, Lindsay Lohan and other celebrities — said, “No one should prejudge the situation until all the facts come out.”
Chesnoff said he’s awaiting details gathered by law enforcement and expects to spend “this week and beyond” obtaining his own discovery.
“We’re just beginning and haven’t done any of our own investigation,” said Chesnoff, who is familiar with officials at casinos/resorts in Las Vegas.
Times staff writer Lisa Dillman contributed to this report.
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