Charlotte Hornets center Montrezl Harrell was arrested last month and has been charged with a felony for trafficking less than five pounds of marijuana after police allegedly found three pounds of marijuana in his vehicle during a traffic stop, per Roderick Boone of the Charlotte Observer.
A former Sixth Man of the Year, Harrell played his college ball in Louisville and still spends time in Kentucky, where the arrest occurred.
Kentucky law says Harrell will be facing one to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine if convicted.
The Charlotte Observer has the details.
“According to Madison County, Ky., court records, Harrell was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Monday to answer the traffic citation. Harrell, 28, was pulled over by a Kentucky state trooper at 9:58 a.m. on May 12 while traveling southbound on I-75 for following the vehicle in front of him too closely, according to the police records.
Trooper Jesse Owens stated he “upon stop observed odor of marijuana” from the silver 2020 Honda Pilot that Harrell was driving, according to the citation. Harrell, Owens wrote in the report, “admitted to being in possession of marijuana and produced a small amount from his sweatpants.” During a subsequent search of the vehicle, which the report states Harrell claims was rented, “three pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed bags” were found in a backpack in the back seat, according to the citation. He’s been charged with trafficking less than five pounds of marijuana.”
The 28-year-old was traded to the Hornets in February. He appeared in 25 games for Charlotte this past season off the bench, averaging 11.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21 minutes per game.
Harrell has also played for the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers in his seven-year career.