An Alabama freshman football player was arrested on drug charges Wednesday in Florida, according to AL.com and a Facebook post from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.
Tony Mitchell, a four-star defensive back who was pulled over by police, was charged with possession of marijuana, along with the intent to sell and/or deliver.
Christophere Lewis, his passenger, faces the same charges, and was additionally charged with “carrying a concealed firearm without a permit,” according to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.
“During the stop, deputies detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office wrote on its Facebook page. “When asked if there was marijuana in the vehicle, Mitchell produced a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard. Both Mitchell and Lewis were taken into custody.
“A search of the vehicle produced an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash.”
In the Facebook post, the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office attached mug shots for both Mitchell and Lewis, along with a photo of evidence obtained.
Both were transported to the Holmes County Jail, according to the sheriff office’s social media post.
Mitchell, who is listed on the Crimson Tide’s 2023 roster, was listed as a four-star recruit on 247sports.
He committed to Alabama in June 2022 but had received a variety of other offers including from Texas A&M and Auburn — two other schools Mitchell had visited, according to his recruiting page.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive back attended Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama, and he was ranked as the country’s No. 123 prospect in the Class of 2023 — and the No. 9 safety, as well as the No. 12 prospect from Alabama in his class.
The Crimson Tide have the No. 1-ranked recruiting class for the Class of 2023, according to 247sports, and they’re scheduled to begin spring practice Monday, according to AL.com.
Mitchell was reportedly one of Alabama’s commits who enrolled early in January.
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