Heat PF Haslem cited for marijuana possession

By Adam Silverstein
August 15, 2010

Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem was arrested Sunday afternoon in Miami-Dade County after police found more than 20 grams of marijuana in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

Haslem, who was pulled over because he was speeding, was in his vehicle with three other men, one of whom was also cited by the Florida Highway Patrol. Police noticed that his vehicle smelled of marijuana and had window tints that were darker than the legally allowed level.

According to the Associated Press:

Haslem, a former standout at the University of Florida, was freed from custody late Sunday night, about seven hours after a trooper pulled him over for driving 78 mph in a 60 mph zone on the Gratigny Parkway. Haslem’s 2008 Mercedes sedan was searched multiple times, and marijuana was eventually found in a blue nylon bag that the Heat player’s passenger, Antwain Fleming, said belonged to him.

“We are confident Udonis Haslem will be vindicated,” Haslem’s attorney Eric Schwartzreich said. “We have a situation where the passenger admits the marijuana was his and Mr. Haslem tells police nothing was in the vehicle. I think the police report speaks for itself. I am hopeful that Udonis Haslem will not be charged.”

Possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana is a third-degree felony in the state of Florida; Haslem can receive a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, though a jail term is not likely.

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5 Comments

  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Hmmm. I wonder if the weed he was caught with was Buble Gum Kush or Orange Krush.

  2. brlgator says:

    Espn reported it was more then 20 grams. They could charge him with a felony if that’s true

  3. I don’t think they did initially – but after checking it this morning, you are correct. Story updated!

  4. asilkin says:

    wheeeeewwwww… good thing the LAWYER cleared that up… I also heard the passenger was the one who was speeding and only his side of the car had the unlawful window tint…

  5. brlgator says:

    Shouldn’t every professional athlete/ celebrity have an “antwain”? UD will be fine I d say with 90percent certainty the possesion charge gets drops cause if antwain said it was his and UD didn’t say otherwise its near impossible for them to charge him. There’s always a chance they could go with possession or event try for intent to distribute cause 20grams seems like a lot and I also think I heard it was in two different containers. Should pro athletes get suspended for using performance disenhancers?

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