Dre Kirkpatrick's pot charge dropped

Updated: February 7, 2012, 1:24 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick will not be prosecuted on a marijuana possession charge, a spokesperson for the state attorney's office for Bradenton, Fla., told ESPN's Joe Schad on Monday. No reason was given.

Kirkpatrick was arrested Jan. 17 with possessing less than 20 grams of cannabis.

Kirkpatrick, who is regarded as a potential top-10 NFL draft pick, is ranked ninth overall on Scouts Inc.'s top 32 prospects and is No. 23 on ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper's Big Board. The second-team All-American announced last month he was skipping his senior season with the national champions to enter the draft.

A police report said Kirkpatrick was a passenger in a truck driven by another former Alabama player, Christopher Airreun Rogers, 25, of Baltimore, whom police stopped for driving on the wrong side of the road.

A dog detected the presence of drugs, the report said, and an officer found marijuana on the floorboard of the passenger side at Kirkpatrick's feet.

Rogers told police he purchased the marijuana at a house and was charged with a drug offense.

Kirkpatrick told officers he was in the car when the drugs were purchased by another person, but he didn't realize at the time what was being bought, the report said.

Kirkpatrick announced the dropped charges in a tweet: "For those who doubted: NO CHARGES FILED against me for marijuana bust in Florida."

Information from ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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