Charlotte Hornets forward Montrezl Harrell is facing felony drug charges stemming from a traffic stop in Richmond, Ky., last month.
According to Madison County, Ky., court records, Harrell was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Monday to answer the traffic citation. Harrell, 28, was pulled over by a Kentucky
state trooper at 9:58 a.m. on May 12 while traveling southbound on I-75 for following the vehicle in front of him too closely, according to the police records.
Trooper Jesse Owens stated he “upon stop observed odor of marijuana” from the silver 2020 Honda Pilot that Harrell was driving, according to the citation.
Harrell, Owens wrote in the report, “admitted to being in possession of marijuana and produced a small amount from his sweatpants.”
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, which the report states Harrell claims was rented, “three pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed bags” were found in a backpack in the back seat,
according to the citation. He’s been charged with trafficking less than five pounds of marijuana.
Harrell, 28, is an energetic and springy veteran big man who can come in and dominate under the rim. During his stints in LA and D.C., he was a key rotation player who made a real difference on the court.
Hopefully, this incident doesn't get in the way of his offseason training or (God forbid) the start of the next season in October. Only time will tell at this point.