Steelers backs Bell, Blount will face drug charges
Published on -8/21/2014, 10:03 AM
PITTSBURGH (MCT) -- Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, pulled over on Wednesday in Ross by a motorcycle officer who smelled marijuana coming from their passing automobile, will be charged with drug possession, township police said.
Bell, 22, also is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana when officers receive results of a blood test taken after the stop, Ross police Detective Brian Kohlhepp said.
The players and a woman who was in the back seat admitted having possession of a small- to medium-sized bag -- estimated to be 20 grams -- of suspected marijuana that was found in the glove compartment, Kohlhepp said. The name of the woman was not immediately available.
All three were released from custody and will be sent a summons to appear before a district judge on the misdemeanor charges, Kohlhepp said.
"We are aware of the reports and still gathering information," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. "We will have no further comment at this time."
The Steelers play at Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. today.
Bell, Blount and the woman were pulled over about 1:30 p.m. by Officer Sean Stafiej, who was traveling north on McKnight Road when he smelled "the odor of marijuana coming from a black Camaro operated by Le'Veon Bell," Kohlhepp said.
The car is registered to Bell, the detective said. Blount, 27, was in the front passenger seat.
Stafiej immediately pulled over the car in the Pool City parking lot, and Bell was taken to UPMC Passavant hospital for a blood draw, the detective said.
"We anticipate charging all three with possession of marijuana," Kohlhepp said. "We also anticipate charging Bell with driving under the influence of marijuana.
"All three individuals were polite and cooperative with the police investigation."
Bell and Blount were pulled over about an hour before the Steelers posted a photo on Twitter of defensive lineman Brett Keisel going through security at Pittsburgh International Airport.
The team posted a photo at 4:28 p.m. that it had landed in Philadelphia.
The team's top two running backs could be disciplined under the NFL's substance-abuse policy, which includes penalties for recreational and performance-enhancing drugs.