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Former NFL star facing cocaine charges after indictment

Texas residents may have heard about the arrest of former Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy. He has now been indicted on a charge of felony cocaine possession. The incident itself occurred in September, when Hardy's car was pulled over late at night in Richardson for a traffic violation.

While conducting a search of the car, police officers discovered two bags, a purple one and a green one, containing the residue of a powdery white substance. Reportedly, both substances tested positive for cocaine. Hardy denied any knowledge of the drug found in his wallet in the vehicle. He allegedly said he was purchasing drinks while attending a party, and it may have been placed inside while his wallet was being passed around. In addition, a grinder with marijuana remnants inside was found. The former NFL football player, age 28, had been released as a free agent following his 2015 season playing for the Cowboys. Previously, Hardy had played for the Carolina Panthers for five seasons.

In 2014, Hardy was arrested for assault and making threats against his girlfriend. In 2015, while playing for the Cowboys, he received a four-game suspension for the incident. Although he was convicted and received an 18-month sentence of probation, he appealed the charges. The charges were dropped because his girlfriend declined to testify in the case. The record of the incident was allegedly expunged from the record. Hardy faces a possible sentence of two years in prison for the drug offense as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

Drug offenses are taken serious in Ohio, and the consequences can be severe if a conviction is obtained. When dealing with possession charges resulting from a traffic stop, an attorney could question whether the stop itself was made with the requisite reasonable suspicion and move to suppress the evidence found during the subsequent search. If the court rules for the defendant on this motion, the case could possibly be dismissed.

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