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Former Ravens RB Alex Collins pleads guilty to two misdemeanors, to serve 18 months of unsupervised probation

Former Ravens running back Alex Collins pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges of possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of a handgun in a vehicle.

Collins, 25, will serve 18 months of unsupervised probation. He was given probation before judgment, which is not a conviction under Maryland law. Felony charges of intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime were dropped.

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“It’s an outstanding outcome,” said Collins’ attorney, Andrew I. Alperstein, noting that supervised probation would’ve been difficult because “we don’t know what state he’s going to live in because he’s going to hopefully sign with another team."

The Ravens waived Collins on March 1, hours after his car crashed about a mile from the team’s Owings Mills facility. Collins was driving a friend home in his Chevrolet Corvette, which had expired tags, when the car slid off the road in the 10000 block of Dolfield Road and into a tree, according to charging documents. An odor of marijuana at the scene of the crash prompted police to search Collins’ car, where they said they found a clear glass jar containing about 5 ounces of marijuana as well as a black revolver.

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Alperstein said Collins had a license to carry in Washington state, where he previously played for the Seattle Seahawks, but not Maryland.

Collins started the Ravens’ first 12 games of 2018 before being placed on injured reserve with a foot injury in early December. He finished with 411 rushing yards and was set to become a restricted free agent before his release. In Week 5 of the 2019 NFL regular season, he remains unsigned after breaking his leg over the summer.

“I know he’s training hard," Alperstein said. "I look forward to seeing him play soon.”

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