New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon was allegedly caught with a substantial amount of marijuana while entering Costa Rica on Friday.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Harmon “was denied entry into Costa Rica and was sent back to the United States after customs officers allegedly found marijuana and paraphernalia in his luggage on Friday.”
The two-time Super Bowl champion was briefly detained by airport police after entering Costa Rica from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with allegedly 58 grams of marijuana inside of a can of iced tea, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, a THC-laced candy, and four glass containers with compressed marijuana that weighed 4.3 grams.
“This involved a professional NFL player, who tried to come into the country carrying marijuana,” Irving Malespín, director of the Fiscal Control Police said. “He has sent back to US territory. It is important to highlight the work of different police bodies, who carry out important operations in different areas of the country. We want to prevent undesirable people from entering the country.”
Harmon, 27, was not arrested. Following the incident, he released this statement on Saturday apologizing for his actions:
Plenty of players voiced their support for Harmon in the comments section of his post, particularly fellow Patriot Devin McCourty and others.
And players like Brandin Cooks, Malcolm Butler, Dion Lewis, the retired Rob Ninkovich, James White, and ex-Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount double-tapped the photo for a “like”.
In a statement released on Saturday via ESPN, the Patriots said, “We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica. He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update.”
There’s a chance he could be disciplined by the NFL under the league’s personal conduct policy. And if he is, that means his status for Week 1 of the NFL season could be jeopardy.
Harmon appeared in all 16 games last season, while starting three for the Patriots. He’d go onto to finish his fifth year in the league with four interceptions and 16 tackles. Since being drafted in the third-round in 2013 by the Pats, he has appeared in 82 games, starting in 21 regular season and postseason games.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
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