Felony Trafficking Charge For Montrezl Harrell Reduced To Misdemeanor Possession

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

According to NBA Insider Chris Haynes, a judge has reduced a felony charge against NBA free-agent Montrezl Harrell to a misdemeanor possession charge. Haynes also says that Harrell is required to remain in good standing for another 12-month probationary period, in order to have the misdemeanor expunged from his record.

The 28-year old was arrested in the state of Kentucky back in May after being pulled over by a state trooper. The police report says that Harrell was following behind a vehicle too closely. The state trooper stated that Harrell “admitted to being in possession of marijuana” after he noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle that Harrell claimed to have been renting, and that Harrell “produced a small amount from his sweatpants.”

The police conducted a search of the vehicle and reportedly found three pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed bags. Under Kentucky law, possessing or trafficking eight or more ounces but less than five pounds of marijuana is a Class D Felony for first-time offenders. It is punishable by 1-5 years in prison with a fine ranging from $1-10,000. The Hornets declined comment, according to Charlotte Hornets writer Rod Boone.

Harrell is a seven-year veteran in the NBA, who only played in 25-games with the Hornets before becoming an unrestricted free-agent. Harrell was previously a member of the Washington Wizards, where he played in 46 games.

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