We have previously blogged about college players getting arrested for a dui, then a former Bucs’ player for domestic battery. Now a current Tampa Bay player, Akeem Spence, gets his turn via an article in the Tampa Bay Times.
The rookie defensive lineman was pulled over on a traffic stop in Alabama and arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Police pulled Akeem over for speeding over 100mph. Per reports, the rookie, who finished with over two dozen tackles and a sack, was cooperative. He was charged with a personal use amount and released on $3,000.00 bond.
When asked for comment, new Tampa Bay Bucs’ coach Lovie Smith was not pleased. He released a statement that read in part:
“We will wait to get all the facts, but the initial reports are concerning and disappointing…” “I have spoken with Akeem and expressed my dissatisfaction with his involvement in this situation. As a member of the Buccaneers, he will be held to the high standards we have set for all members of this organization.”
Despite recent changes in certain states such as Colorado, marijuana is still very illegal in Florida. Found under Florida statute 893.13, a small amount of marijuana is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail, probation and/or a large fine. If one is convicted of a marijuana or controlled substance charge, your driver’s license is suspended for two years! There is no license suspension for drug paraphernalia, however the rest of the potential punishment remains.
Have you or a loved one been arrested for possession of marijuana or possession of paraphernalia? Then call the Tampa Bay drug defense lawyers at Blake & Dorsten, P.A. today! These former prosecutors are experienced trial attorneys.
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