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Auburn four-star recruit has drug charges dropped


One of Auburn’s top defensive recruits in the Class of 2014 now has a legal bump in the road behind him. Defensive back Kalvarez Bessent was cleared on all drug-related charges from an arrest last week.

Bessent was charged for possession fo 20 grams of marijuana and for the intent to distribute last week during a traffic stop. He was charged along with two others during the traffic stop in Nassau County, Florida. This week the charges were dropped, including one for possession of drug paraphernalia found inside the car. A gun was also found in the car, although one of th other passengers in the car said the gun and the marijuana did not belong to Bessent.

“After meeting with the state attorney’s office yesterday, we are pleased to hear the state has decided there was no evidence to support the charges against Kalvaraz,” attorney Travis A. Reinhold said in a report by “All charges have been dropped. From the beginning of this ordeal, Kalvaraz maintained he had no involvement in the alleged conduct and he is looking forward to graduating from Camden County (Ga.) High School and attending Auburn University.”

Rivals ranks Bessent as a four-star defensive back and the 13th top player in the state of Georgia.

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12 Responses to “Auburn four-star recruit has drug charges dropped”
  1. ttalarico says: Feb 14, 2014 7:12 PM

    Of course there was no evidence.

    Let’s see…

    In possession of 20 grams of marijuana
    possession of drug paraphernalia
    Oh yeah, and a gun in the car

    Obviously innocent here!

  2. Romulus says: Feb 14, 2014 7:27 PM

    Looks like it was a case off wrong place, wrong time. Hopefully he realizes he caught a break and picks better friends.

  3. cobibones13 says: Feb 14, 2014 7:54 PM

    seems like they’re covering up for a criminal. Anyone else with the same stuff in their car are looking at felony convictions.

    If there was really no evidence wouldn’t his attorney want an explanation as to why he was charged with these crimes? Wouldn’t they want the badge of the cop who wrongly arrested him if there was no evidence?

    Seems like he got a high priced lawyer who talked to the other people in the car and got them to change their original statements.

  4. afrancis55 says: Feb 14, 2014 8:15 PM

    I admit I was a bit quick to judge, saying how his scholarship should’ve been revoked. Hopefully Coach Malzahn and co. still take him in BUT keep him on a short leash, doing everything possible to keep him with the right crowd.

    War Eagle!

  5. dcroz says: Feb 14, 2014 8:58 PM

    From what I remember in the original article, the marijuana was found under the passenger’s seat where Bessant was sitting. Whenever drugs are found in a vehicle or at a residence, it is usually standard procedure to arrest and charge everyone who is present and then sort out who the drugs belonged to later. Bessant was not the owner of the car, and if there was no evidence that the drugs or gun belonged to him (fingerprints, eyewitness testimony, etc.) then there is nothing the police have that would warrant a trial. There was no “changing their original statements” or any evidence he was in possession of the drugs or gun himself, so put away the conspiracy theories unless you have proof to the contrary.

  6. Professor Fate says: Feb 14, 2014 8:58 PM

    Since when is less than an ounce “intent to distribute?” Twenty one-gram bags? The “war on drugs.” What an utter waste of resources.

    The gun’s a different matter altogether. Didn’t everybody in the car deny possession? This guy needs to take a hard look around at the people he chooses to spend his spare time with. Good thing he wasn’t just a three-star recruit.

  7. drubyy1993 says: Feb 14, 2014 11:27 PM

    Maybe it’s just me but I have a feeling if it’s regular person he’s doing time

  8. irishdodger says: Feb 15, 2014 1:08 AM

    War on drugs? The only bigger failure than that is the war on poverty….thanks LBJ.

  9. normtide says: Feb 15, 2014 3:46 AM

    Your friends will get you into more trouble than you can get yourself. In my opinion, a young man with an opportunity deserves a second chance in iffy situations. And for the record, I feel this way regardless if he attends a rival team.

  10. gatiger says: Feb 15, 2014 8:34 AM

    So, the theory is the FLORIDA police and FLORIDA STATES ATTORNEY are going to look the other way to help a GA kid that’s going to AUBURN. Yes, I’m sure they are all big Tiger fans looking for any way they can to help out. Even if it means sacrificing their jobs and careers to cover up for this kid.

    I hope this is a wake up call for him.

  11. gatiger says: Feb 15, 2014 11:42 AM

    Classy Guy that NormTide. That’s the way rivalries should be conducted. Intense but not personal.

  12. normtide says: Feb 15, 2014 1:56 PM

    Thank you gatiger. I refuse to bend my views and morals depending on where you play football. I see it a lot in this state, on both sides, and a lot here on CFT. I love college football more than most, but that’s ridiculous.

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