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FSU quarterback Deondre Francois faces marijuana complaint

The Seminoles' 2016 starter was given a diversion program.
Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois started against Alabama before suffering a season-ending knee injury. [ MONICA HERNDON | Times ]
Published Apr. 13, 2018
Updated Apr. 13, 2018

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois agreed to a pre-arrest diversion program after police found 17 grams of a cannabis/tobacco blend in his bedroom Thursday afternoon.

The Tallahassee Police Department previously received a report of drug activity at the home Francois shares with his girlfriend, Diamond Lindsey. The department executed the search warrant Thursday and found drugs and drug paraphernalia in his room, less than two feet away from his bed, according to a police incident report.

Francois admitted to smoking marijuana as recently as December but said he "can't smoke right now." He told police the drugs belonged to Lindsey, although he admitted to knowing about them and moving them.

Francois and police agreed to a pre-arrest diversion program later Thursday after facing misdemeanor complaints of marijuana possession (less than 20 grams) and possession of paraphernalia.

This is the second time Francois has been linked to drugs. His pregnant girlfriend alleged that he smoked marijuana in January, when police investigated her complaint of domestic violence. Francois was not charged in the incident due to "conflicting statements and no independent witnesses."

Francois, an Orlando native, was FSU's starter in 2016. He started the opener last year against Alabama before suffering a season-ending knee injury and is still recovering.

He, James Blackman and Bailey Hockman are expected to contend for the starting job this fall.

FSU hosts its spring game Saturday.

This story will be updated if more information becomes available.

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