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NFL player Greg Hardy charged for cocaine possession

Seattle Seahawks fans may be interested to learn that NFL free agent Greg Hardy was accused of cocaine possession. On Sept. 26, the former Cowboys defensive end was pulled over while driving in a Dallas suburb. Police officers searched Hardy's car during the traffic stop and found what they believed to be a bag of cocaine.

As a result of the incident, the 28-year-old NFL player was charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine. Hardy reportedly told officers who searched his car that he did not know anything about the cocaine. Court records show that Hardy is accused of possessing a bag with .7 grams of cocaine in it. People who are convicted for drug charges that involve possession of under a gram of cocaine can face a maximum sentence of two years in prison plus a fine of up to $10,000 in Texas.

Hardy was previously convicted for a domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend, but the charges were dropped after Hardy appealed the initial ruling. He was suspended from playing for the NFL for four games.

A person who is facing drug possession charges after a traffic stop may want to talk to a criminal defense attorney about a defense strategy. An attorney may look into the details of the traffic stop to determine whether the search that led to the seizure of the drugs in question was conducted without probable cause. If that can be established, it could result in the evidence being deemed inadmissible and the charges dropped.

Source: CBS Sports, "Ex-Cowboy Greg Hardy indicted on felony count of cocaine possession," John Breech, Nov. 7, 2016

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