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Lawyer: Deonte Thompson's felony possession of marijuana charge being reduced to misdemeanor

Ravens reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson will no longer be facing a felony drug charge in Gainesville, Fla., according to his attorney, Huntley Johnson.

Johnson told The Baltimore Sun that Thompson will now be facing a lesser charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

"The state has reduced the charge to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana," Johnson said in a telephone interview. "At this point, we're dealing with a misdemeanor.

Thompson has entered a not guilty plea.

No court date has been assigned yet, and the clerk of court said that Thompson is still listed officially as being charged with felony possesion of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Johnson said that it may take some time for the court date to be assigned and for the adjustment in charges to be noted in the court system, which was echoed by the clerk as what tends to happen procedurally.

The state attorney's office didn't have an immediate comment when reached Thursday afternoon.

Thompson was arrested and charged Friday night with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia Friday night, according to the Gainesville, Fla., police department.

According to the arrest report, an officer "noticed a strong odor of burned cannabis" from a Chevrolet SUV pulled over at roughly 11:45 Friday night for driving without the headlights on.

When the vehicle was searched, the officer found bags containing 29 grams of marijuan inside a duffel bag. However, Thompson said that only the bag was his while the driver, Alvon Summerall, and another passenger, Erskine J. McKinley, both said the drugs belonged to them, according to the Gainesville police. The officer said that neither man could state what other items were contained in the bag.

Thompson said when they were pulled over that the other men handed the bag to him and told him to put it behind his seat, according to the report. The bag also contained a plastic jar and plastic baggies to store and contain the marijuana, according to the report.

"As it was readily apparent that all three defendants were aware of and in possession of the cannabis, all three were taken into custody for felony cannabis possesion and drug paraphernalia," the arresting officer wrote in his report.

A former University of Florida player signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Thompson is known for his speed and caught 10 passes for 96 yards and no touchdowns after dealing with a foot injury during training camp and at the beginning of the regular season.

The case will be reviewed by the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

“We are aware of the situation,” team spokesman Chad Steele said last week. “We are gathering more facts. There are two sides to every story.”

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