Former Florida Gators cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, a junior who declared for the 2014 NFL Draft in December, was found in possession of marijuana and bath salts in March. According to The Gainesville Sun, he was not arrested after agreeing to cooperate with authorities as an informant, but when he failed to do so, had an arrest warrant issued that was later quashed.
He never could be reached by investigators with the task force, which includes sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Gainesville Police Department.
The Sheriff’s Office then filed a sworn complaint against Purifoy, after which a bench warrant was issued earlier this month, but the arrest warrant was quashed Wednesday.
The GPD is conducting an internal affairs investigation into the quashing of Purifoy’s warrant, which Sheriff Sadie Darnell told the paper was an “unusual” occurrence.
Purifoy was caught with the drugs on March 18 at 11:34 p.m. while in the drivers seat of a “rental Buick from Tennessee” near Southwest 20th Avenue. A deputy smelled marijuana and approached the car.
After he was given a Miranda warning, Purifoy told deputies he bought the baggies several days before and believed they contained MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy or molly, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
A source close to the case said Purifoy agreed that night to work with the task force as an informant, so they let him go. After that, he never returned phone calls and could not be reached by investigators.
Purifoy was arrested by GPD for possession of marijuana just over a year ago in February 2013. Charges were eventually dropped in the case.
He is expected to be a second-day selection in the draft, which is being held May 8-10, but is now in danger of falling down boards after this incident is coupled with his uninspiring performances in pre-draft workouts.