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More detail on Ahmad Black marijuana possession incident

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November

Police have provided us with the report of the incident that led to Ahmad Black's marijuana charge. Here's the updated story:

Bucs safety Ahmad Black was cited by Tampa police last week for possession of a small amount of marijuana, according to a police report.

Black was charged with possession of cannabis, less than 20 grams, according to court records. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor.

Black, 23, was not arrested but given a notice to appear for the alleged offense, which occurred on Oct. 30. An arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 3. Black could face penalties under the NFL's personal conduct policy. Discipline can range from a fine to a suspension.

The incident, according to the police report, occurred at 1:56 a.m. on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. An officer said he observed Black’s 2010 Land Rover weaving “side to side” and initiated a traffic stop. Police say Black said he was having a mechanical issue with the vehicle, but the officer wrote that he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside.

Black, according to police, admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the evening. Police say he also informed them of a small amount of marijuana in the car. After removing Black and a female passenger, a search of the vehicle produced a small marijuana cigarette in the driver door handle area, according to officers.

Drafted in the fifth round in 2011 out of the University of Florida, Black has appeared in each of the team’s eight games this season, making his second interception in Sunday’s win against the Raiders.

The Bucs released a statement Tuesday on the matter: "We are aware of the situation, have been in communication with the league office, and are handling the matter internally."

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 6:07pm]

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