Brilliant Cincinatti Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson pled guilty today to what appears to be a reduced felony drug charge in a Kentucky court. Simpson was alleged to have received approximately two (2) pounds of marijuana via US Mail (why not use the Pony Express Jerome?) and was later found to have another pound in his home. Originally Simpson was indicted on a drug trafficking charge, generally carrying with it a much more severe penalty, but agreed to plea in exchange for a lesser charge “to a prohibited act relating to controlled substances.” Kentucky prosecutors are requesting a 60 day jail sentence followed 3 years of probation and 200 community service hours.
Florida, like most every other state, forbids the trafficking of drugs and depending on the amount can impose a minimum mandatory prison term. Had Jerome been arrested in Florida he would never have been looking at a trafficking charge as the three pounds of marijuana he was alleged to have had would only qualify for a third degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, punishable by a maximum of 5 years on a Florida prison. Generally an individual arrested for the first time with a felony possession amount of drugs gets a shot at a pretrial diversion program through a drug court alternative in the hope that any addiction issues can be aided. Very likely had Jerome been arrested for his “if it fits, it ships” package in the Sunshine state, he could avoid conviction and possibly suspension from the iron fisted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. If you’re curious how much marijuana you can have before you get popped for trafficking and face a minimum mandatory prison term, first change your priorities Rainbow Bright. For the sake of this blog it’s 25 pounds and a mandatory minimum of 3 years in prison where you CAN’T read High Times.
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