New England Patriots

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 28: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots talks to the media during Super Bowl LIII Opening Night at State Farm Arena on January 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

Patriots safety Patrick Chung’s legal proceedings in New Hampshire have been moved back.

Chung was scheduled to appear in a Belnap County courthouse this week after prosecutors charged him with cocaine possession this summer, but the prosecution and the defense team agreed to postpone that appearance until January 3, according to The Boston Globe.

The NFL playoffs begin January 4.

The cocaine charge stemmed from a police visit to Chung’s home in Meredith, New Hampshire on June 25. 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Jim Murray reported that police responded to the residence because a home security alarm went off. Officers reportedly found cocaine at the house, 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.

Chung’s trial is set for March.

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