Thu, Oct 25, 2012
According to The Advocate, four former LSU football players, including former Heisman trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu, were arrested Thursday after 10 bags of “high-grade marijuana” were found inside Mathieu’s apartment, Baton Rouge police said.
Mathieu, Jordan Jefferson, Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher will be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison later Thursday, Baton Rouge police spokesman Lt. Don Kelly said.
Mathieu, 20, 262 W. State St., and Jefferson, 22, 11959 Nicholson Drive, will be booked on a count of simple possession of marijuana, Kelly said. Hatcher, 22, Delray Beach, Fla., will be booked on a count of second-offense simple possession of marijuana and Bryant, 22, 11959 Nicholson, will be booked on a count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Kelly said.
The men were arrested Thursday afternoon after officers were called to Mathieu’s apartment on West State Street in reference to a complaint about a man who was trying to force his way into the complex through a security gate, Kelly said.
Before police arrived, the man, later identified as Jefferson, was confronted by a maintenance worker, let into the complex by a resident and seen going into apartment No. 2116, Kelly said.
When officers knocked on the door to the apartment, Mathieu answered, Kelly said. Officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana and got permission from Mathieu to search the residence, Kelly said.
Police found found Jefferson, Bryant and Hatcher inside Mathieu’s apartment, Kelly said. Officers also found a marijuana grinder, a digital scale and 10 bags of “high-grade marijuana,” seven of which were in Bryant’s booksack, Kelly said.