Montrezl Harrell charged with drug trafficking in Kentucky

Montrezl Harrell was arrested in Kentucky last May with over a pound of weed in his car. He faces five years in state prison.

Charlotte Hornets inside Montrezl Harrell could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 as he faces drug trafficking charges during a traffic stop in Richmond , in Kentucky, last month, according to multiple reports.

Harrell, who played at the University of Louisville, was arrested for following another vehicle too closely around 10 a.m. on May 12. When a Kentucky state trooper said he smelled marijuana coming from the SUV Harrell was driving, further research led to the discovery “three pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed bags” in a backpack on the back seat, equivalent to 1.4 kg.

The incident led to a charge of “trafficking under five pounds of marijuana”. For a first-time offender, having between 200 grams and 2 kilograms of marijuana is a Class D felony in Kentucky. Harrell’s arraignment had been set for Monday but was postponed until July 13.

In Harrell’s first season at Louisville, the Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA championship. In seven NBA seasons with five teams, he averaged 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds combined in just over 21 minutes. per game.

He played 46 games with the Washington Wizards this season before being traded to the Hornets for Vernon Carey Jr. and Ish Smith on Feb. 10. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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