Jeff Hardy has been arrested on charges of trafficking in controlled prescription pills and possession of anabolic steriods, according to a report on thepilot.com.A search of Hardy's home in Cameron, N.C., yielded significant quantities of Vicodin and Soma prescription pills, anabolic steroids and a residual amount of cocaine. He was charged with felony trafficking in opium, two counts of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, felony maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $125,000.
It goes without saying that these are serious charges and Hardy would be facing jail time if convicted.
WWE brass has to be feeling incredibly fortunate that this did not occur a few weeks ago. Hardy, who recently let his WWE contract run out and worked his last match on Aug. 25, was involved in a months-long story line in which his past violations of the company's drug policy were a focal point. He was portrayed as the free-spirited babyface, while the heel -- CM Punk -- preached that everyone should "just say no." How bad would that have looked for WWE if Hardy got arrested in the middle of that? As it is, while it didn't happen on WWE's watch, it still makes the company look bad to some degree that someone who up until recently was one of its biggest stars is facing these charges.
Hardy reportedly left WWE on very good terms, and it was considered a given that he would return at some point. Since his second Wellness Program violation in March 2008, Hardy repeatedly tested clean.
Hardy has been commenting about his arrest on his Twitter account. He wrote: "A lot of exaggerations are out there today, don't believe everything you read 4 it is not true, I am at home and fine-thanks for your concern." About a half hour later, he wrote: "The media is the media, I wish they would at least report the story correctly & accurately. I will make a statement later."