According to court records, two Florida State University football players have been charged with drug offenses. The incident that led to the charges took place on Jan. 31, 2018.
Tallahassee police officers reportedly saw a car that was driving on Hayden Road with no headlights on. The vehicle then was parked across from Doak Campbell Stadium in an area that was poorly lit. Police officers approached the vehicle and stated that they smelled marijuana emanating from the car. Officers report that they could see the car's driver smoking a blunt as they walked up to the car.
The driver and passenger were both identified by the police and are football players for FSU. The police then conducted a search of the vehicle and found marijuana cigarettes and cannabis traces throughout the vehicle. The passenger allegedly admitted that he was sharing the blunt with the driver and told the police that the pair was "hotboxing" the car. Both were given summonses to appear in court to answer charges of possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana.
Even minor drug offenses may have negative consequences on the lives of people who are accused. In the case of the football players, they may face institutional punishment, including removal from the football team or game suspensions, if they are convicted. People who are convicted of drug crimes may also be unable to secure federal financial aid to help them to pay for college. They may also have difficulty with finding employment or gaining approval for housing. People who are facing drug charges may want to seek help from experienced criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible after they have been charged. The lawyers might be able to secure pleas to lesser offenses.
Source: WCTV, "Two FSU football players facing drug charges", Feb. 12, 2018