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Marijuana Charges Dropped Against Georgia LB Natrez Patrick

A picture of Georgia's band during a football game.

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 16: The band of the Georgia Bulldogs play in the stands duirng the game against the UAB Blazers on September 16, 2006 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Natrez Patrick was arrested on marijuana charges the night of the SEC Championship Game, but those charges have been dropped.

Hours after the game, Patrick and teammate Jayson Stanley, a reserve wide receiver, were pulled over in Stanley's car.

Police found a small amount of marijuana in the car, putting Patrick at risk of dismissal from the team for his third marijuana-related arrest. Stanley was charged with DUI.

The charges against both players were changed today. Patrick was found to not have been in possession of marijuana, and Stanley's DUI was changed to a possession charge. From ESPN:

The district attorney's office of Barrow County, Georgia, has dismissed criminal charges against Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick, his attorney told ESPN on Thursday. Patrick was one of two Bulldogs players arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges on Dec. 3.

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The district attorney's office also dropped DUI charges against Stanley during a hearing Thursday at Barrow County Probate Court. Stanley agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and speeding, his attorney -- Kevin Christopher of Jefferson, Georgia -- told ESPN.

"We were able to complete a prompt and thorough investigation of the case, and discuss the results of the investigation with the district attorney," Christopher said in a statement. "This led to a resolution of the case with the charges that should have originally been filed.

Mark Schlabach obtained a photo showing the amount of marijuana that was discovered in Patrick's seat.

Patrick is a major contributor on defense for the Bulldogs, and is currently sixth on the roster in tackles. It is unclear whether he will be available for Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinal game against Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl, but since the charge was fully dropped, it seems like there's a pretty good chance that he will be allowed to play.

[ESPN]