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Texas A&M football player suspended from Chick-fil-A Bowl for pot possession

Darian ClaiborneTexas A&M linebacker Darian Claiborne has been arrested after stashing marijuana and prescription pills in a giant Hershey’s Kiss ornament inside of a friend’s car.

The 19-year-old football standout was riding in the passenger seat of a friend’s vehicle when they were pulled over for not having front plates. A report also states that two of the three passengers did not have seat-belts on.

During the stop, the officer claimed to smell the odor of pot coming from the passenger side where Claiborne was sitting. The defenseman stated that the smell was a black and mild, but upon searching the vehicle the officer found a small amount of weed and five Adderall pills in an ornament located in the center console. Also found was a partially smoked blunt inside of a shoe in the floorboard.

Claiborne said the pills were given to him by his roommate to help cram for finals. He did not have a prescription.

Claiborne was arrested on December 22 and booked for possession of a dangerous drug and possession of marijuana. He was released on a $6,000 bond.

He has been suspended from playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Duke by Texas A&M and is the second A&M player to be arrested during the past month for cannabis possession. Freshman Kenneth Marshall was arrested in November for possessing between two and four ounces of marijuana along with prescription pills.

Claiborne has racked up 89 total tackles (seven for loss), two forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks and one interception in 2013. The loss of their middle linebacker is sure to harm the struggling A&M defensive squad which is ranked No. 105 in the nation in total defense.

The 8-4 Aggies will take on 10-3 Duke on New Year’s Eve.

By: Stephen Carter
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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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