Two more NFL players have been busted by police for marijuana possession.
Le’Veon Bell, 22, and LaGarrette Blount, 27, both running backs with the Pittsburgh Steelers, face misdemeanor cannabis possession charges, and Bell could also be charged with drugged driving.
The two were pulled over after a traffic cop smelled weed coming from their car, police said. The Ross, Pa., officer was stopped on his motorcycle at a red light when he spotted the vehicle producing the odor.
“As traffic moved forward, he was able to identify the specific car,” said Detective Brian Kohlhepp.
The traffic officer stopped the black Camaro, which was registered to Bell, about 1:30 p.m. Aug. 20. The cop said he found 20 grams of marijuana inside a plastic bag in the car.
The three people in the car, including a female passenger in the backseat, said the weed belonged to all of them, and all of them face potential drug charges.
In Pennsylvania, possession of less than 30 grams is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. The state’s marijuana laws are relatively harsh.
Bell was arrested and taken to a police station, where his blood was tested to determine if he was driving on drugs. Police said they will likely charge him with impaired driving, which carries a penalty of between three days and six months in jail, plus a maximum $5,000 fine.
Kohlhepp said the three suspects were “cooperative and polite.”
The NFL imposes stiff penalties for violation of its no-weed policy. Bell and Blount could miss as many as four games, a significant punishment for a mid-level player.
Officials with the Steelers “are aware of the reports and still gathering information,” said Burt Lauten, the team spokesman. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
The Steelers played the Philadelphia Eagles the same day as the traffic stop, and Bell didn’t make the flight to the game.
Bell was drafted as a second-round pick in 2013, and he’s playing his second season with the Steelers. Blount is playing his first season with the Steelers, following three seasons in Tampa and one in New England.
The traffic stop is just the latest in a long string of marijuana busts on NFL players. Six years ago, the Steelers suspended wide receiver Santonio Holmes after he was cited for possessing weed.
Earlier in August, Dwayne Bowe, wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, was suspended for one game, the season opener against Tennessee. Bowe was arrested near Kansas City in November after cops found suspected pot inside a black bag in his car.
Bowe eventually pleaded guilty to defective equipment and littering charges without admitting guilt in the marijuana bust. That charge was dropped.