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Montrezl Harrell of Charlotte Hornets is Facing a Felony Drug Charge; 3 Pounds of Marijuana Found

Montrezel Harrell - Getty Images, David Berding / Stringer

By Therin Miller | June 14, 2022

Roderick Boone of the Charlotte Observer stated in a report that Charlotte Hornets center Montrezl Harrell was arrested on May 12 in Kentucky. The NBA player was charged with a felony trafficking of fewer than five pounds of marijuana after police allegedly discovered three pounds of marijuana in his vehicle during a traffic check.

If convicted, Harrell faces one to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine under Kentucky law.

Based on the initial report, Harrell was pulled over for following too closely behind another vehicle. Trooper Jesse Owens noted in his report that after halting Harrell, he "recognized the odor of marijuana" and that the Hornets center "confessed to having marijuana and produced a little amount from his sweatpants."

Harrell's car was subsequently searched, and "three pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed packages" were discovered, according to Owens.

Harrell stated that the automobile was rented.

The veteran center was dealt with the Hornets in February, with Charlotte giving Ish Smith and Vernon Carey to the Washington Wizards in return. This past season, he came off the bench in 25 games for Charlotte, averaging 11.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 21 minutes per game.

Harrell has also played for the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, and Los Angeles Lakers in his seven-year career.

He'll be a free agent when the next NBA season begins on July 1.


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