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Four-star 2014 Auburn signee arrested on pair of felony pot charges


Auburn’s 2014 recruiting class, rated ninth in the country by, could potentially see its ranks thinned thanks to an off-field incident earlier today.‘s Brandon Marcello is reporting that Kalvaraz Bessent was arrested early Saturday in Nassau (Fla.) County.  The most serious charges the cornerback faces are possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession with intent; both of those are felonies.  A misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was slapped on for good measure.

Details of what led to the arrest and charges are unknown at this time, and Auburn has not commented on what if any impact the incident will have on Bessent’s future on The Plains.

Bessent was one of the highest-rated pieces of AU’s defensive recruiting puzzle, given a four-star nod by Rivals.  The recruiting service had the Kingsland, Ga., product rated as the No. 12 corner in the country and the No. 13 player at any position in the state of Georgia.

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UPDATED 9:29 pm. ET: Here’s an update from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, followed by a tweet from  Bessent’s Twitter account posted after his arrest.

According to Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper, Bessent’s arrest came as a result of a traffic stop. A 2007 Dodge Charger driven by Elbert Thornton was pulled over a Nassau County deputy on U.S. Route 1 on Friday night just after 10 p.m. for exceeding the speed limit, clocked at 58 miles per hour in a posted 45 mph zone. While performing the traffic stop, the deputy detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car.

After asking all four occupants to step out of the vehicle, a search was conducted, where the deputy seized four separate bags containing 202.5 grams of marijuana under the driver’s and the front passenger seat where Bessent had been. None of the individuals took ownership, with each being placed arrest on the same three counts: marijuana possession of more than 20 grams (a felony); marijuana possession with intent to distribute (a felony); and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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23 Responses to “Four-star 2014 Auburn signee arrested on pair of felony pot charges”
  1. rcali says: Feb 8, 2014 6:41 PM

    Sounds like he should have committed to Colorado.

  2. jtinnon2009 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:46 PM

    Glad he flipped from Bama to Auburn.

  3. drubyy1993 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:52 PM


  4. seanb20124 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:57 PM

    Pleas it to Probation Before Judgement and suits up in the Fall.

  5. imaduffer says: Feb 8, 2014 7:17 PM

    “possession with intent” To do what? Smoke it?

  6. thefiesty1 says: Feb 8, 2014 7:26 PM


  7. afrancis55 says: Feb 8, 2014 7:37 PM

    Release him of the scholarship. Auburn doesn’t need anymore of this kind of nonsense, we dealt with it for four years under chizik.

  8. meatcarroll says: Feb 8, 2014 7:56 PM

    Marijuana!?!? Oh noes~! Won’t somebody please think of the children?! Send Kalvaraz to Alcatraz for life!

  9. mauldawg says: Feb 8, 2014 8:28 PM

    meatcarroll, Just another childish comment from a child.

  10. unfortunatelyabillsfan says: Feb 8, 2014 8:38 PM

    I’m glad I live in Colorado where I can walk into a store and buy weed legally. Such a silly drug to be illegal

  11. jeweiseman says: Feb 8, 2014 11:55 PM

    Auburn players smoke more weed than Colorado, Oregon, Cal, and Syracuse players combined. And just how will this impact AU’s new beer brewing studies program?

  12. mvktr2 says: Feb 8, 2014 11:56 PM

    I remember the good ole days when they shot or hung drug users on sight!

    Wait … what?

    Oh, they didn’t do that.
    Um you’re telling me that in the good ole days no one was shot for drug use? What about the violence?

    Oh, you mean there wasn’t violence because it was not criminalized and forced into violent blackmarkets. Wow that’s just insane.

    So you’re telling me during grandpa’s day we didn’t throw millions of non-violent people into steel cages and everything was okay.

    And during grandpa’s youth people were using heroin, opiates, and more but addiction was lower because scarcity imposed via prohibition increases binge consumption? No way!


    America, land of the free my foot with the world’s largest prison population and highest incarceration rate. YEA!

  13. sw19womble says: Feb 9, 2014 1:12 AM

    I’m more concerned about him doing 58 in a 45mph zone.

  14. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 9, 2014 1:59 AM


  15. holographicribs says: Feb 9, 2014 2:47 AM

    Prototypical SEC recruit. I wonder if they gave him the money for the weed, too?

  16. louhudson23 says: Feb 9, 2014 4:52 AM

    Reefer laws are dumb. Stealing,beating someone ,drunk driving etc. are criminal activities. Smoking dope in and of itself is not. Any connection these activities might have to pot are the result of the prohibition imposed,not the drug itself. If these incident details are correct,going to be hard to pin an “intent to distribute” on any one individual.This is just pressure to get someone to blame it one of the others. Simple possession,costing them all some serious cash in lawyers and fines,which is the whole point of this exercise.An unfair de facto tax.

  17. onbucky96 says: Feb 9, 2014 5:25 AM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

  18. suprmous says: Feb 9, 2014 6:39 AM

    Scream SEC SEC all you care to but it happens everywhere Mr. & Ms. Naysayer. Damn, just once I’d love for you naysayers to admit that you can’t handle what the SEC has in terms of talent when it comes to Football. You’re such a bunch of losers in that you can’t see past the nose on your face that there are more people in this Country than yourself. BTW, who appointed you God, Judge, Jury, and Executioner of anything? Hmmmm, I do believe your brand of justice belongs with that of the current Administration and that one needs to be on a deserted island.

  19. dhardy8207 says: Feb 9, 2014 8:27 AM

    These young men must learn to cut ties with their homies when they sign up to play at any school. We can debate the legalities all day long but the fact remains in some states if you catch a ride with someone who is in posession of an illegal substance or a weapon everyone inside that vehicle is charged.

    As far as the “SEC” chants, another foolish attempt to discredit that these type incidents only occur within one conference. I don’t ever see any of you actually post who your allegiance to any one particular school. That in its self reeks of trolling!

  20. normtide says: Feb 9, 2014 4:22 PM

    Felony weed charges? I would think it would take a LOT of weed to make it a felony. This is ridiculous.

    I know OSU and b1g fans are not changing SEC SEC SEC. There was no child rape, no coach lying to the ncaa and his own bosses. I’ll take the SEC’s problems over any other leagues. The b1g has become one big sex offender list.

  21. matt24bucs says: Feb 10, 2014 12:47 AM

    Aw shucks. If he was at FSU , he would already be blaming the “consensual partner!

  22. packerbadger says: Feb 10, 2014 8:48 AM

    And yet ANOTHER $ECheat player makes it into the Local Section of the paper. Seems like theres one every day or two. I guess having a full rap sheet is good enough for a “report card” in the $ECheat!! lololol!!

  23. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Feb 10, 2014 9:12 AM

    Be careful who you get in a car with.

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