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Florida Gators star Antonio Callaway cited for marijuana possession

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Florida Gators receiver Antonio Callaway has been cited on a complaint of marijuana possession, according to Alachua County court records.

The Gainesville Police Department stopped a Merecedes SUV at 12:50 a.m. Saturday for a seatbelt violation. Police smelled marijuana and found about 7 grams in Callaway's pocket. Another 5.4 grams of marijuana were found in the car. Both Callaway and 40-year-old Kendrick Williams claimed ownership of the drugs, according to the court documents. Williams has a long criminal history with more than a dozen arrests in the state for complaints ranging from drugs and guns to battery and vehicle theft. 

UF tight end C'yontai Lewis and two women were at the scene, too, but not accused of any wrongdoing, according to Gainesville police. 

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A court date is scheduled for June 6.

"Coach (Jim) McElwain is aware of it, and it is being dealt with," a UF spokesman said Thursday. 

Callaway, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior, is one of the Gators' top offensive talents. He has already gained traction as a potential first-round pick for 2018, if he leaves school early for the NFL draft. Through two seasons, the Miami native has recorded 89 catches for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns.

He has previously admitted to marijuana use. He admitted to being "so stoned" that he wasn't willing to have sex in a December 2015 incident, which was the subject of a Title IX investigation. He was cleared of wrongdoing in that case. He was cleared of wrongdoing but was suspended for all of the 2016 spring practice while the case was ongoing.

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UF's substance-abuse policy calls for counseling for a first marijuana positive test and a suspension for the second. But those only apply for positive tests, not citations. 

McElwain has previously suspended running backs Jordan Scarlett and Mark Thompson after similar citations. 

The Gators open the season against Michigan at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 2. 

The Gainesville law firm Johnson and Osteryoung is representing Callaway. 

[Last modified: Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:32pm]

    

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