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Hornets forward Monntrezl Harrell set to face ‘felony drug trafficking charges’ in Kentucky

Though details are still emerging, what we can understand is that the Hornets big man was found to be carrying a large quantity of marijuana in a car that he states was rented.

Hornets forward Monntrezl Harrell set to face ‘felony drug trafficking charges’ in Kentucky
David BerdingAFP

Things don’t look good for the Hornets forward who could yet be charged with drug related offenses, after a large quantity of marijuana was found in the car he was driving.

Kentucky police found 3lbs of marijuana in the car Montrezl Harrell was driving

According to reports Charlotte Hornets big man Montrezl Harrell is currently facing felony drug charges after he was pulled over by a Kentucky state trooper last month. The incident which occurred back on May 12th was understandably reported on last month, however, with the legal process now under way Harrell could yet face charges. Harrell was pulled over near Richmond around 10 a.m. on May 12th after he was allegedly following the car in front of him too closely, per the report. The officer involved said he “observed odor of marijuana” from the car, and Harrell then “admitted to being in possession of marijuana and produced a small amount from his sweatpants.”

Officers then proceeded to search the car that Harrell was in and it is understood that some three pounds of marijuana were discovered inside vacuum sealed bags which in turn were concealed in a backpack that was found on the back seat. Incidentally, Harrell claimed that the vehicle, a 2020 Honda Pilot, was a rental car, was rented.

What is the charge facing Montrezl Harrell

Where the specific charge being brought against Harrell is concerned, it is understood that he has been charged with trafficking of under five pounds of marijuana which is a Class-D felony for first-time offenders in Kentucky. Said felony carries with it a fine that ranges from $1000 right up to $10,000 and in addition is punishable with between 1-5 years of incarceration. To date the The Hornets have made no comment on Harrell’s situation and while it remains unclear as to what Harrell was doing in Kentucky, it should be said that he does have prior relations with the state having attended and played for the University of Louisville.

Just who is Montrezl Harrell?

Having been signed as a free agent by the Lakers in 2020, Harrell was then traded by the franchise to the Washington Wizards where he spent up to the first half of this season. At that point Harrell was once again traded on by LA to the Charlotte Hornets where he actually arrived on deadline day. Interestingly, Harrell’s contract is set to expire, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent this very offseason. Where the standard of his play is concerned, the big man has actually put up credible numbers in the 71 combined games that he has played between the Hornets and Wizards. With an average of 13.1 points per game, it would be fair to say he’s a decent forward by NBA standards. What now remains unclear is how his current legal issue will affect his coming free agency and just how long the whole issue will take to be resolved.


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