College is an exciting time for most North Dakota young adults. The college atmosphere is likely even more thrilling for student athletes, particularly football players, during this time of year. Unfortunately, two college football players find themselves in a difficult situation after recently being charged with drug crimes.

According to police reports, the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force had obtained a search warrant for the rooms of two University of North Dakota football players. During the search of one room, police allegedly found a digital scale, baggies with marijuana residue and a jar with marijuana in it. The search of the other player’s room supposedly yielded a large mason jar with marijuana residue, a pill bottle with marijuana and a digital scale with marijuana residue.

Both players are listed as injured on the football team’s roster. One had a knee injury in August and is out for the remainder of the season. The other suffered an arm injury and was going to be out for several weeks. The coach stated that the university would cooperate with law enforcement and take appropriate measures following the investigation.

The men face charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. One has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia for manufacturing marijuana. The other faces a charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia for using marijuana. If convicted, the players face up to 10 years in prison.

Being charged with drug crimes can disrupt the lives of those accused. To minimize the negative impact of the charges, it would be wise to seek the guidance of knowledgeable North Dakota criminal defense attorney. An experienced lawyer will thoroughly evaluate all the evidence in a case and focus on preparing a defense that is designed to protect the client’s legal rights while pursuing the best possible result.

Source: grandforksherald.com, “Two UND football players face drug charges”, Tom Miller, Oct. 6, 2017