Report: Hill’s marijuana possession charges dropped

Mar 5, 2012, 2:29 PM | Updated: 2:30 pm

By staff

Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill will not be charged with marijuana possession, Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Hill was arrested Feb. 25 in Atlanta after police officers — responding to a complaint about marijuana odor — obtained a search warrant and found partially smoked blunts and marijuana residue inside Hill’s condominium. Hill and his girlfriend were arrested and taken into custody for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

According to Williams, Hill’s attorney, Edward T. M. Garland of the Atlanta law firm Garland, Samuel & Loeb, said the charges were dismissed Monday because Hill “was innocent of having any knowledge that trace amounts of marijuana were in his apartment. He took a urine test immediately following his arrest and it showed that he was negative for any drugs in his system, as did the young woman who was with him. Because he was innocent, the charges were dismissed.”

Hill had two previous run-ins with the law in the last three years. He was arrested in January of 2009 on a marijuana-possession charge after police found him asleep at the wheel in suburban Atlanta. In April of 2010, he was arrested on a misdemeanor count of fourth degree assault/domestic violence following an incident with his live-in girlfriend at his home in Issaquah.

Hill, 29, enjoyed a bounce-back season with the Seahawks in 2011, posting 89 tackles and four sacks while playing in all 16 games for the first time in his career. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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