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Tennessee football star recently cited for marijuana possession

On Jan. 15, one of Tennessee's bright stars was cited for possessing marijuana. According to reports, a police officer stopped Juaun Jennings, a University of Tennessee wide receiver, for traveling in the wrong direction on a one-way street.

During the traffic stop, the officer reportedly smelled marijuana emanating from the player's Nissan truck. He handcuffed Jennings temporarily, read him his rights and placed him in the back of the police car. At this time, the football player admitted that he had marijuana in the car. A police dog helped police officers locate a baggie containing the substance in the back seat of the truck.

Jennings allegedly had no identification or proof of insurance on his person at the time of the stop. An unidentified 20-year-old woman who was riding with Jennings presented the police with a false ID and subsequently received a citation for underage alcohol consumption.

Jennings received a citation for simple marijuana possession, driving without proof of insurance and "traveling the wrong way on a one-way street." He was released at the scene of the traffic stop. In response to the incident, a coach from the university stated that they were "aware of the situation and handling everything internally."

This incident shows that anyone can be charged with drug crimes regardless of their background or community status. The common denominator in these situations is that every defendant benefits from a solid criminal defense. Avoiding a conviction should be your first goal if you are facing a drug crime charge. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you protect your freedom and your reputation.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, "Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings cited for pot possession during traffic stop," Feb. 02, 2017

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