FSU running back Jonathan Vickers pays fine for marijuana possession

FSU running back Jonathan Vickers pays fine for marijuana possession
Posted at 7:05 AM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 02:15:53-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida State running back Jonathan Vickers paid a $290 fine after pleading no contest to possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Tallahassee Police Department officers stopped Vickers' car on Dec. 27, 2017, for having an inoperable driver's side light and tag light.

In Vickers' car, Tallahassee Police Department officers found a digital electronic scale and about 1.6 grams of marijuana. On him, they found 3.6 grams.

Officers wrote in their incident report that they asked Vickers what he did with the scale.

"I just like to know how much I'm buying," he said, emphasizing that he himself did not use the scale to weigh marijuana for sale.

Vickers paid the fine last Thursday in person by credit card, according to a Leon County Receipt of Transaction, and had to pay an additional $5.95 as a convenience fee.

Vickers was arrested Dec. 27, 2017, about 10:44 p.m, by a Tallahassee Police Department officer patrolling in the area of Belle Vue Way and Hayden Road, the incident report said.

His arrest came hours after FSU had won the 2017 Independence Bowl by defeating Southern Mississippi 42-13.

During the traffic stop, the officer said he and a second officer smelled marijuana emanating from the car and had Vickers leave the vehicle so they could perform a probable cause search.

Vickers, asked if any drugs were in the car, replied, "There's some in my bag," the officer wrote.

After waiving his right to remain silent, Vickers told the officers he had about a gram of marijuana on his person. Officers found about 3.6 grams of marijuana in his right front pant pocket.

Vickers said he had received the marijuana from a teammate only moments before the traffic stop and it was separate from the marijuana, about 1.6 grams, that officers found in a backpack in the front passenger seat.

The officer wrote that Vickers said he had just arrived home from a football game, said he had received the marijuana from another player on the team, and said the marijuana was for a friend at his house.

An officer wrote Vickers a notice to appear.

"This officer used discretion and chose not to charge Vickers with Drug Paraphernalia due to his cooperation throughout the investigation," according to the incident report.

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