Ravens reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson will no longer be facing a felony drug charge in Gainesville, Fla., according to his attorney, Huntley Johnson. Johnson told The Baltimore Sun that Thompson will now be facing a lesser charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. "The state has reduced the charge to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana," Johnson said in a telephone interview. "At this point, we're dealing with a misdemeanor. Thompson has entered a not guilty plea. No court date has been assigned yet, and the clerk of court said that Thompson is still listed officially as being charged with felony possesion of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson said that it may take some time for the court date to be assigned and for the adjustment in charges to be noted in the court system, which was echoed by the clerk as what tends to happen procedurally. The state attorney's office didn't have an immediate comment when reached Thursday afternoon. Thompson was arrested and charged Friday night with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia Friday night, according to the Gainesville, Fla., police department. According to the arrest report, an officer "noticed a strong odor of burned cannabis" from a Chevrolet SUV pulled over at roughly 11:45 Friday night for driving without the headlights on.
Thompson's felony possession of marijuana charge being reduced to misdemeanor
Baltimore Sun | Feb 28