Pot charges against Eagles' Parker dropped
Good news for Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker as he is no longer facing a marijuana possession charge he was hit with last August, according to Riley Yates of the Morning Call.
Due to problems with the search that led to Parker’s arrest, prosecutors decided to drop the misdemeanor possession count.
Parker and offensive lineman Todd Herremans were pulled over on August 5, 2009 for a traffic violation. A bag of marijuana was found in the van they were driving, which Parker admitted was his. Per the Morning Call, the arresting officer wrote that he “saw the marijuana in plain sight under the seat.”
However, the search of the car took place at night.
'You can't just go and search the car,' District Attorney John Morganelli said. 'There was no basis for it.'
Prosecutors believed the search was unlikely to be upheld in court, which is why they decided to drop the charge.
Parker—a nine-year veteran out of Oklahoma State—recorded eight sacks in 11 starts for the Eagles in 2009.
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