Charges decreased for NBA Player Harrell for trafficking marijuana

During a May traffic stop in Richmond, Kentucky, the former 2019–20 Sixth Man of the Year was pulled over for following the vehicle in front of him too closely. According to police records obtained by Roderick Boone of The Charlotte Observer (According to Madison County, Ky., court records, Harrell was scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning to answer the traffic citation, but the arraignment was continued until July 13. Harrell, 28, was pulled over by a Kentucky state trooper at 9:58 a.m. on May 12 while travelling southbound on I-75 for following the vehicle in front of him too closely, according to the police records.

Under Kentucky state law, possession of more than eight ounces but less than five pounds of marijuana is classified as a Class D felony for the first offence. Those convicted of the charge are subject to a sentence of one to five years behind bars and a fine ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

The Kentucky state trooper “upon stop observed an odour of marijuana,” and as written in the report, Harrell “admitted to owning marijuana and produced a small amount from his sweatpants.” 

Harrell — who was charged with felony trafficking less than five pounds of marijuana after an incident on the road in May — showed up in Kentucky court on Wednesday morning to make the plea deal official, according to his attorney, Drew Findling. Findling says Harrell agreed to enter a guilty plea to a reduced charge of simple marijuana possession. In exchange, according to Findling, Harrell “received conditional discharge at the end of 12 months” — meaning the conviction will be completely wiped from the basketball player’s record if he stays out of trouble for the next year.

Possessing or trafficking eight or more ounces but less than five pounds of marijuana in Kentucky is a Class D Felony for first-time offenders, the Charlotte Observer reported. The Hornets did not immediately reply to PEOPLE’s request for comment regarding the NBA player.

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