Hearing continued to August for NBA player arrested in Madison County

Jul. 13—Blake Vickers

NBA player Montrezl Harrell, a starting forward for the Charlotte Hornets, had his preliminary hearing in Madison County District Court for marijuana trafficking charges continued to August 10 at 9:30 a.m.

He was initially set to appear in court on July 13 before the hearing was continued.

According to police documents, on May 12 in Richmond, a trooper with the Kentucky State Police pulled over a 2020 Honda Pilot for following the vehicle in front of it too closely. After making the traffic stop, the trooper could allegedly smell marijuana.

Text in an arrest citations stated Harrell was a passenger of the vehicle and admitted to being in possession of the marijuana and allegedly revealed a small amount of the substance that was in his sweatpants.

A search of the vehicle produced three pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana, according to an arrest citation.

Harrell was charged with trafficking in marijuana (less than five pounds), which is a felony charge. He is being represented by attorney Mark Dean.

Harrell started his career playing for the University of Louisville. He has been in the NBA for seven seasons — playing for teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets before joining the Charlotte Hornets.

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