Prosecutors drop drug charges against ex-Bucs safety T.J. Ward

Prosecutors have dropped drug charges against former Bucs safety T.J. Ward, shown last season against the Falcons. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Prosecutors have dropped drug charges against former Bucs safety T.J. Ward, shown last season against the Falcons. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published June 9
Updated June 9

Prosecutors have opted not to pursue criminal charges against former Bucs safety T.J. Ward, who was arrested in December on a felony count of possession of marijuana.

Ward, 31, remains unsigned after becoming an unrestricted free agent this spring. He was originally questioned in October, when police responding to an alarm at his Tampa apartment said they found two glass jars of marijuana in plain view.

Ward's girlfriend, Ciera Woody, had told police the drugs belonged to Ward, according to the arrest report. There had been an active warrant for her arrest on the same charges, but that warrant was recalled Thursday and charges against her "nolle prossed," as were those against Ward.

"There were numerous issues with the case, and the state did the right thing and dropped the charges," said Stephen Romine, Ward's Clearwater-based attorney.

The case against Ward had proceeded, with arresting officers subpoenaed and deposed, and Ward due for a hearing in court later this month.

Ward played one season with the Bucs, starting four games and finishing with 43 tackles. With charges being dropped outright, he is unlikely to face any sanctions from the NFL relating to their substance-abuse policy.

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