Starke police: Packers' Letroy Guion stopped with bags of marijauna, $190K in cash
STARKE, Fla. – Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was arrested Tuesday night in Starke after an officer who made a traffic stop smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Guion, who was born and raised in Starke and was a standout at Bradford County High School, was arrested on felony drug possession after Starke police said they found nearly a pound of marijuana and $190,000 in cash in his pickup truck.
Capt. Barry Warren, of the Starke Police Department, said Guion was driving erratically and holding his head out the driver's side window.
"(The vehicle) crossed over a double yellow line, reestablished lane, went back over double, went back and then came back," said Warren.
According to police, when an officer asked Guion to step out of the vehicle, his response was to ask if the officer knew who he was.
When backup units arrived and officers told him the odor gave them probable cause to search his pickup, Guion told them he had a registered gun in the vehicle.
After securing a 9 mm handgun and beginning a search, officers said Guion became "extremely uncooperative and hostile." According to the police report Guion "kept coming towards the vehicle several times saying, 'Hey man, my money is in there. Don't let him take my money.'"
The officer said Guion then "rushed" the driver's side of the vehicle and attempted to remove a black backpack that was located on the front passenger seat of the vehicle. At that point, officers handcuffed Guion.
Inside the bag, officers reported finding two clear gallon-size Ziplock bags containing what appeared to be marijuana. Also in the bag was a large amount of cash.
When field tests verified the bags contained marijuana, Guion was arrested for possession of over 20 grams of marijuana and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Police said the two bags together weighed 357 grams of marijuana.
Guion faces charges including third-degree felony for possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
The Green Bay Packers released a statement saying, "We are aware of a serious matter involving Letroy Guion. We have not yet spoken to Letroy and we will have no further comment."
Guion's agent, Seth Katz, declined comment and referred inquiries to the team.
Green Bay signed Guion to a one-year deal as a free agent last offseason. He turned into a key cog on the defensive line.
Guion was booked into the Bradford County Jail and bond was set at $100,000. Guion has since bonded out of jail and went to his family's home in Keystone Heights. His family said Guion would not comment.
When asked why there was $190,000 in the car, someone outside the family's home replied, "No, don't know nothing. He's a professional football player. He's got plenty of money. Plays professional football, has plenty of money."
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