Misdemeanor drug charges against Georgia starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick have been dropped, ESPN.com reported. Patrick was one of two Bulldogs players arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges on December 3. That was the junior's third marijuana-related arrest and fourth pot-related incident in a little over two years. Due to a plea deal, Stanley has now been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and speeding.
On Thursday, the district attorney also dropped Stanley's DUI charges.
Stanley, who was driving and owned the vehicle, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and speeding (87 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone), while Patrick was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana after a small amount of marijuana was found in the passenger's seat and inside an orange juice bottle in the passenger-side floorboard. In November of 2015, Patrick was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor marijuana possession and suspended for one game per university policy.
Because Stanley admitted in court to the marijuana being his, the possession charge against Patrick was dropped, Patrick's attorney, Billy Healan of Winder, said Thursday.
It is not known if Patrick will still be playing in the Rose Bowl game on January 1. According to the Georgia student-athlete handbook, that would have resulted in his dismissal from the program.
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Stanley is facing a mandatory one-game suspension as a first-time marijuana offender.
Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart and a team spokesman weren't immediately available for comment on Thursday morning.
Patrick has recorded 35 tackles this season and he had three tackles against Auburn in the SEC Championship Game.
"Obviously, the coaches are going to have make that decision", Healan said. "But from my perspective as his attorney, he didn't do anything wrong and didn't commit a crime".
"We've still got things we're finding out", Smart said. "We're disappointed in both young men but we've got a lot of information to still find".