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Starting USF corner hit with felony weed charge

Kenneth Durden AP

Alabama wasn’t the only FBS program forced to deal with an off-field legal issue over the weekend.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, USF cornerback Kenneth Durden was arrested late Saturday night and charged with one count of cannabis possession.  The charge, which is a third-degree felony, came after police were called to Durden’s on-campus residence “in response to a complaint of possible drug use,” the paper wrote.

Officer Michael Tinney detected an odor of cannabis and was allowed entry by Durden and his roommate, whose name was redacted from the affidavit.

Durden acknowledged to having the substance in his room. He produced a clear bag of cannabis later weighed at 21.7 grams.

The school is aware of Durden’s arrest and is “in the process of collecting information,” a spokesperson told the Times.

In 2013, Durden started 11 games in the secondary for the Bulls.

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6 Responses to “Starting USF corner hit with felony weed charge”
  1. mgmac says: Jan 20, 2014 7:57 AM

    According to the idiot in the white house this should be no big deal

  2. childerolandwp says: Jan 20, 2014 8:07 AM

    Because , other than the smell potential bothering his neighbors, it isn’t a big deal, certainly not worthy of a felony charge.

  3. titansbro says: Jan 20, 2014 8:11 AM

    Should be legal by now to smoke a plant less harmful than tobacco in your own home. This is ridiculous. Washington & Colorado has gotten their crap together, time for the rest if the country to follow suit. And I don’t even like the stuff.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 20, 2014 11:26 AM

    Where’s the “SEC SEC SEC” guy….

    Because apparently only SEC players break the law…

    And I couldn’t agree more with @childerolandwp and @titansbro…

    It should be legalized…

  5. stoicpaisano says: Jan 20, 2014 2:52 PM

    Felony for .75 oz? Unbelievable.

  6. Professor Fate says: Jan 20, 2014 11:46 PM

    If you think being charged with a felony for less than an ounce of pot is ludicrous, you’d be amazed at how quickly the state of Colorado has changed its outlook on cannabis.

    In 1998 I was charged with a class 4 felony for having a 13″ tall pot plant. The charge was “manufacture of marijuana.” Despite the idiocy of assuming any ability to “manufacture” a plant (as though it was a chemical procedure similar to cocaine or methamphetamine), a pot plant a foot tall has nothing work smoking on it.

    The judge presiding over my court hearing was NOT happy that the prosecutor had brought this case before her and it was quickly plea-bargained to a misdemeanor of possession. Yet just 16 years later the use of marijuana for recreation is completely legal in the state.

    The insanity of the immensely wasteful “war on drugs” is slowly, but surely, fading with time. Unfortunately, I get to carry a criminal record with me to my grave because some people think they should get to tell others what they can or cannot put into their own bodies.

    I’m perpetually astounded by the enormous waste of resources that are pissed away pursuing people who are doing no harm to others, except perhaps hurting their feelings. A neighbor ratted me out, apparently thinking I must be some sort of chronic (pun intended) criminal. It’s the only time I’ve ever been arrested.

    While I feel sorry for Durden, it’s likely better that he get busted now rather than if/when he gets to the NFL.

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