For the third time in 23 months, Florida Gators cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been arrested. It is his second arrest for possession of marijuana in just under 90 days.
According to a release from the Gainesville Police Department obtained by the Florida Times-Union, Jenkins was caught smoking a marijuana “cigar” in his car in a parking lot at 12:35 a.m. Saturday. He was issued a notice to appear in court on May 12 for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.
Jenkins was similarly cited on Jan. 23 when an officer spotted him rolling a joint in a nightclub bathroom. After appearing in court on Mar. 18, he was ordered to pay $316 in court fees and had adjudication withheld.
He was previously arrested in May 2009 on misdemeanor charges of affray and resisting arrest without violence. Jenkins said at the time that he was acting in self-defense and was only trying to protect himself during a group altercation in which someone he did not know attempted to steal his necklace.
The State Attorney’s Office dropped the affray charge because there were not enough facts for it to have been applicable. They instead offered him a deferred prosecution agreement, which he agreed to sign. The terms of the agreement included Jenkins staying out of trouble for six months, paying $50 in court fees and either donating $150 to a charity or performing 15 hours of community service. His record has since been cleared of the charge because he fulfilled the demands of the agreement.
Jenkins recently decided to return to Florida for his senior season rather than declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. He would have likely been a first-round selection.
The University of Florida has not yet commented on Jenkins’s arrest.
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