Marijuana and Illegal Possession of Firearms

Alabama Football Athletes Robinson and Hootie Arrested For Marijuana and Illegal Possession of Firearms:

Two Alabama Crimson Tide football players have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Offensive lineman Cam Robinson and defensive back Laurence “Hootie” Jones were each charged with a misdemeanor under the influence of narcotics. Both were picked up by authorities on May 17 and were brought to the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center. They were later released on a $5,750 bond for Robinson and a $3,250 bond for Jones.To make matters worse for the 20-year-old Robinson, he was also found with an illegal possession of a stolen firearm.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban said that he was aware of the athletes’ situation. On the Sports Drive radio show on Mobile’s WNSP, Saban expressed that everyone is responsible and obligated to represent the university, themselves and their families in a first-class way. Despite his disappointment with the incident, he said that they are already in the process of collecting information in order to determine the appropriate actions to take.

Police report shows that at 2:33 a.m. on May 17, a Monroe police officer noticed a parked car on Sycamore Street inside Forsythe Park. The officer approached the occupants of the vehicle to advise them that the park’s hours of operation were over.. Upon the officer’s contact with the driver Robinson, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana eminating from the inside of the car. When the officer checked closely, he was surprised to see a handgun in the lap of Jones who was in the passenger’s seat. A bag of marijuana was also found on the floor of the driver’s side. The passengers were then asked to step out from the vehicle. Upon a further search of the vehicle, the office found a handgun under the seat which was believed to be a stolen.. The officer was later able to confirm that the gun had been stolen from a home in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Jones, who was a former four-star recruit played a backup role at Alabama, whom he chose to attend over LSU, Oregon, Stanford and Tennessee. He was an early enrollee at Capstone, ranked no. 3 in ESPN’s safety rankings, as well as as the fifth-best player in Louisiana and a five-star member of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team. Before their arrest, he was vying for more playing time after spending most of his first two seasons playing special teams.

High NFL stock possibly ruined by arrest

Robinson on the other hand, started all 14 games during his freshman season. Following Andre Smith in 2006, he was the first freshman to start at left offensive tackle for the Crimson Tide. He was also given the title of Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. He was slated as a potential first-round National Football League Draft choice next year.

Aside from the marijuana charges, Robinson was also charged with a felony for being in possession of stolen firearms. Under Louisiana state law, the punishment for possession of a stolen weapon is imprisonment for a period between one and five years.

In Louisiana, a person may purchase and openly carry firearms without a permit once they have reached the age of 18. Louisiana law now permits people who quality for concealed weapons licenses to have a lifetime concealed handgun permit, which cost $500.

Jones and Robinson are due in court on June 16 to face their charges. They are scheduled to appear in Monroe, Louisana where they are expected to enter pleas of not guilty.

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