Former Gators safety Matt Elam arrested on felony drug charges in Miami

By Adam Silverstein
February 26, 2017
Former Gators safety Matt Elam arrested on felony drug charges in Miami

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Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested early Sunday morning in Miami and faces multiple felony drug charges.

According to police and court records, Elam was found with 126 grams of marijuana and three grams of oxycodone in his vehicle after it was pulled over for a traffic stop.

He was booked on felony charges of marijuana possession of more than 20 grams, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving. Bail has been set at $15,500.

The No. 32 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Elam has been with the Ravens since 2013 but had an underwhelming NFL career following a stellar three years in college football as a first-team All-American with the Florida Gators.

The South Florida product has underperformed as a pro, losing his starting job before missing the entire 2015 season due to injury. While on the shelf, Elam was suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse.

Elam is set to be a free agent this offseason with Baltimore declining his option.

Correction: An earlier version of this story noted that Elam’s traffic stop was “routine;” however, he was initially pulled over for reckless driving.

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