Florida CB Purifoy popped for pot possession

By Adam Silverstein
February 7, 2013

Florida Gators sophomore cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy was arrested Sunday morning and charged with a first-degree misdemeanor for possession of marijuana.

According to the arrest report, Purifoy was in the back seat of a a blue Honda that was pulled over at 12:05 a.m. for a right-of-way violation. Upon pulling the car over, a Gainesville Police officer found “cannabis residue” on the pants of someone in the car and noticed someone else throw “a cannabis cigarette out the window.”

Located in the vehicle in the middle of the front driver`sand passenger seat, by the emergency brake, was a baggie containing 2.5 grams of cannabis (ID by sight/smell).

Purifoy received a notice to appear in court on Wednesday and has his arraignment scheduled for Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. with Judge Walter Green.

He is the eighth Gators player to be arrested for possession of marijuana since head coach Will Muschamp began leading the program in January 2011 and the first since redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Leon Orr received a similar written arrest on Jan. 10, 2012. Purifoy is the second player to be arrested in as many months.

Purifoy – fourth on the team with 51 tackles in 2012 – also amassed five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks last season. He is also a standout special teams performer for the Gators, playing fantastic kick/punt coverage and returning seven kickoffs for 167 yards.

Muschamp told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday that he planned to move Purifoy to wide receiver during spring practice, which begins on March 13.

Photo Credit: Gerry Melendez/The State/MCT

16 Comments

  1. calgator says:

    Stupid. Definite issue on the team and in the NCAA. That being said, this one doesn’t stick. No evidence against him other than being in a vehicle.

  2. El Meester says:

    Ahh, the ole “if nobody tells me who’s weed this is, then everybody gets cited” arrest. Those are fun.

  3. cline says:

    open roster spot!

  4. Gator Boys says:

    Muschamp should be a leader and stop punishing players for weed offenses

  5. BRLgator says:

    this isnt sticking at all unless he was the one with the residue on his pants

  6. VO2max says:

    I’d like to see “pot residue.”

  7. Walt P says:

    Well he’s going get punished have too. But these are 18,19,20 yr old kids here. Hopefully this will be the last time.

  8. orangesnblues says:

    This is so stupid. I find it funny that if he played for Colorado this would not have been a story. Yeah, let’s demonize weed like it’s 1954 and look like we’ve progressed. Apparently people like weed. Who knew! Next.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I don’t get the attitudes here. How we have progressed? We aren’t in CO, and it is against the law. Just hanging out in a car with people who were breaking the law is stupid, bad decision, whether or not he gets convicted of anything or not. Even in CO it is still against Federal law, whether or not the current administration chooses to enforce the law or not.

      As long as it is against the law, it is flat out poor judgement and reflects badly on the team and the school as a whole. There have been so many runins with the law lately we are getting the reputation of Miami. They haven’t had many arrests in quite a few years, and still aren’t able to live down the “Thug U” and all the arrests that used to happen there, and that was mostly 20 years ago. Reputation is everything.

      • Intuition says:

        The law has nothing to do with right and wrong. People don’t respect the law anymore because it has been corrupted by controlling thugs. The over/under on the number of laws every single one of us breaks daily is probably 2.5 so welcome to the club!

        • Ken (CA) says:

          so just because we are overburdened by stupid laws doesnt mean we don’t have to follow them as long as they are laws, and lets be proud of this kid who broke the law? Even if he wasn’t in possession, he was with folks who were and that was stupid. We may not like the laws and regulations that the current regime forces upon us but as long as we are here and the laws don’t change, we must live by them. No matter how you feel about Marijuana he either broke the law or was with people who broke the law. eithe rchoice bad decision.

          • Intuition says:

            Yes, I do believe people should break unjust laws. Sure, you have to expect the legal system to punish you when you break them, but Muschamp isn’t the legal system. He could come out and say, “The history of marijuana prohibition in this country has been based on racism and economic warfare, rather than any medical or public safety justification. If the system wants to punish this young man for allegedly being in a car with someone who chooses to put a substance in his body that the nanny state deems illegal, I can’t control that. But I won’t add to that punishment.”

            You said “We may not like the laws and regulations that the current regime forces upon us but as long as we are here and the laws don’t change, we must live by them.”…and I disagree entirely. The history of every major legal change that has occurred in society involved people choosing to break the law because the law was unjust. That’s how progress starts. It doesn’t start with politicians changing laws because they realize the laws are unjust. The citizenry, time and time again, must drag the politicians, kicking and screaming, to the realization that a change is needed.

            Just my two cents. I understand your feelings that it was a stupid choice. But why should a kid care if his friend smokes a joint? Especially when the law is unjust? I don’t know the whole story here, but if they pulled the marijuana out while the car was moving, would it have been better to jump out of the car as soon as it came out? Also, it’s not always easy to know if someone is in possession of marijuana. Not saying Loucheiz knew or didn’t know…I’m just saying that’s an assumption you’re making. The only way to avoid being with people who are breaking the law is to NEVER be with people.

  9. joe says:

    Not the best decision due to the fact it is illegal. However , I’m not sure if I agree with paying taxes to fund three police departments who mainly bust kids for pot possession. Seems mighty wasteful. Could probably cut law enforcement budget in half and still maintain law and order. Additionally not sure I totally buy into its illegal so don’t do it. Sitting at the front of a bus was once illegal for some folks. Read up on Aaron Swartz, the law sometimes need to be broken for moral and ethical justice to be established.

    • Intuition says:

      Agreed that everyone should read the story of Aaron Swartz. What the feds were trying to do to him was terribly sad and incredibly scary.

  10. Jesse C says:

    At least is was a non-violent arrest. Not like those thugs at Bama. Lets see what Nick Satan does with those guys,

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