Marijuana charges dropped against Florida CB Louchiez Purifoy
The Gainesville State Attorney's office has dismissed marijuana possession charges against Florida junior CB Louchiez Purifoy due to a lack of evidence.
Purifoy was cited on Feb. 6 and ordered to appear in court for possession of marijuana of not more than 20 grams – a first degree misdemeanor. The Pensacola native was a passenger in the backseat of a blue Honda that was stopped for a traffic violation shortly after midnight on Feb. 3, when police allegedly discovered approximately 2.5 grams of marijuana in the middle of the front driver's and passenger's seat, near the emergency brake. Purifoy and two other occupants denied possession.
"Mere presence where marijuana is found is not legally sufficient to prosecute or convict,'' State Attorney Bill Cervone said. "Ownership or control of the substance must be proven. When multiple people are in a car where marjuana is found, that same rule applies. There were no facts to show ownership or control by Purifoy as opposed to the other defendants, which compels dismissal of the charges."
Purifoy was part of the starting rotation in the defensive backfield for the Gators this past season and was fourth in tackles with 51 (38 solo). He recovered a blocked field goal in the third quarter at Vanderbilt and forced a pair of fumbles against South Carolina, including a strip sack on the Gamecocks’ first offensive play.