A 19-year-old linebacker for Virginia Tech was suspended from playing for the school's football team on Monday, Sept. 11. It's on that day that officers with the Blacksburg Police Department arrested and charged him with both possessing and attempting to distribute or sell marijuana related to an incident that allegedly occurred on Aug. 23.
As for his marijuana distribution charge, police reportedly found an amount of the drug that has been described as being in excess of one-half ounce up to just under five pounds on him or his property. In Virginia, the distribution charge alone is considered to be a Class 5 felony. If convicted of even just that one charge, the linebacker could face up 10 years imprisonment and as much as $2,500 in fines.
The marijuana possession charge filed against the man is classified as a misdemeanor of the U class. The defendant bonded out of jail for $2,500 soon after his booking.
As per the policy of the athletic department at Virginia Tech, the player was automatically suspended from participating in any team activities until a later point in time when his legal issues are eventually resolved. The coaches have temporarily replaced the sophomore with a high performing senior in the interim.
Those convicted of drug offenses stand to lose a lot. It can result in a removal of financial aid, scholarships, removal from sports teams or a complete suspension from college. You can also lose your job or face difficulty in landing a future one for a drug conviction as well.
If you're facing drug charges, then a Christianburg, Virginia, criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights in your respective case.
Source: Virginia Tech Insider, "Suspended Virginia Tech LB Tavante Beckett charged with possession of marijuana, conspiracy to sell/distribute," Andy Bitter, Sep. 13, 2017