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Patriots Football Player Pleads Not Guilty to Marijuana Possession Charges in Massachusetts

New England Patriots defensive back Willie Andrews says he is not guilty of possession of marjjuana with intent to distribute. The 24-year-old football player responded to the charges during his arraignment today in Lowell District Court in Massachusetts.

Andrews was arrested this morning on Middlesex Street in Lowell near the University of Massachusetts. He did not appear inside the courtroom during his arraignment-although he was at the courthouse-and the facts of the case were not read aloud in court. A Lowell police report related to the case, however, describes how the football player was pulled over by police, who noticed a “strong, pungent” smell.

The report says that Andrews confirmed that he had hidden marijuana in his groin area. Another two to three ounces of pot were found beneath his seat. About half a pound of marijuana, worth approximately $500, was reportedly found with the Patriots player. He was given a bail warning and released on his own recognizance.

The football player must inform a probation officer if he decides to travel outside Massachusetts. A violation of his probation could result in up to two months in jail. The football player is also charged with driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

This incident is not Andrew’s first brush with the law. He was convicted of criminal mischief a few years ago. He was on probation when police found a gun in his possession during a traffic stop. He served 10 days of a 30-day jail sentence.

In Massachusetts, a marijuana possession offense is a misdemeanor. A conviction could lead to six months in jail and a $500 fine. If it is a first offense, the punishment for conviction could be probation.

The sale or cultivation of pot is considered a felony. Depending on the amount of marijuana and the circumstances involving in the arrest, a conviction could lead to 2 to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 to $10,000 fine.

Patriots player busted for pot, BostonHerald.com, February 5, 2008
Patriots defensive back charged with marijuana possession in Lowell, Boston.com, February 5, 2008
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