According to multiple news reports, Charlotte Hornets forward Montreal Harrell could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $ 10,000 as he faces drug charges from a traffic stop in Richmond, CA last month.
Harrell, who played at the College of Louisville, was pulled around 10 a.m. on May 12 by another car for following too closely. When a Kentucky State Army officer said he was driving an SUV Harrell when he smelled marijuana, a subsequent search revealed “three pounds of marijuana in a vacuum-sealed bag” in a backpack in the back seat.
The incident led to allegations of smuggling less than five pounds of cannabis. For first-time offenders, eight-ounce to five-pound marijuana is a Class D offense in Kentucky.
Harrell’s sentence was scheduled for Monday but was postponed to July 13.
During Harrell’s freshman season in Louisville, the Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA Championship. In seven NBA seasons with five teams, he averaged 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in just 21 minutes per game.
He has played 46 games for the Washington Wizards this season before trading in the Hornet for Vernon Kerry Jr. and Ish Smith on Feb. 10. He will be a free agent this off-season.
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