Reports: Patriots safety Patrick Chung indicted for cocaine possession

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

According to a report from the Laconia Sun in New Hampshire, Patriots safety Patrick Chung is reportedly expected in Belknap Superior Court next Wednesday for his arraignment on an indictment for cocaine possession. A "highly placed law enforcement source" confirmed to the Laconia Sun's Michael Mortensen that the man indicted is the same Patrick Chung who has played in the NFL for 10 seasons, nine for the Patriots.

The Laconia Sun first reported on Wednesday that authorities indicted "Patrick C. Chung, 32, of Meredith" on cocaine possession as part of the latest grand jury session at Belknap Superior Court. There's no apparent connection between Chung and the two arrests mentioned at the top of the story, which came as part of a large drug raid in May.

According to the Belknap County Attorney's office, the Chung incident happened on or around June 25. A source tells 98.5 the Sports Hub's Jim Murray that police visited his home in Meredith, N.H. because the alarm went off due to a break-in. They then found cocaine in his home, which led to the investigation and indictment.

Cocaine possession in Belknap County is considered a Class B Felony on your first offense, which could carry a maximum penalty of 3 1/2-to-7 years in prison.

A statement from the Patriots on Twitter read: "We are aware of the reports regarding Patrick Chung. We will not be commenting while his judicial proceedings take place."

Chung has played the past five seasons in his second stint with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowl championships during that time. The safety broke his arm in a collision during Super Bowl LIII in February, but returned to training camp in a red non-contact jersey in July after undergoing arm and shoulder surgery.

UPDATE: The Bellknap County Attorney's office released a statement on Chung that reads, in part: "An indictment is not an indication of guilt or innocence, but is merely a finding by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that a crime may have been committed. Mr. Chung is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty."

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