Snelling won't face drug charges until 2014

December, 20, 2013
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The case involving Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling and his arrest for misdemeanor marijuana charges has been continued until February, according to City of Winder (Ga.) court records.

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Snelling’s attorney asked for the continuance on Friday morning in the City of Winder Municipal Court, and the motion was granted. Snelling was not required to appear in court.

He was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession (less than one ounce) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Winder police officer Chris Cooper said Snelling was arrested following a traffic stop on Nov. 15. Cooper said officers pulled over Snelling's SUV after noticing it weaving and crossing the center line. Cooper said officers smelled marijuana inside the vehicle and determined Snelling did not have a valid driver's license or insurance. He also was cited for improper use of a dealer plate.

Snelling was released after posting $3,121 bond.

A few days following the arrest, Snelling addressed the media.

"I just want to start off first apologizing to my family, my teammates and my coaches for the actions that followed me this past weekend," Snelling said. "Also want to apologize to our owner, Arthur Blank, and our general manager, Thomas Dimitroff, and our head coach, Coach [Mike] Smith, for my actions. I made a mistake and I'm very apologetic about it. And I'm ready to move forward from it.’’

Snelling did not make the trip to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers the weekend of his arrest.

Based on Friday’s developments, Snelling won’t have to enter a plea until after the season concludes.

The seven-year veteran is signed through 2014.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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