Number of Penn State football players facing pot charges now at eight since July
Four Penn State football players were charged with marijuana possession Monday, pushing the number of Nittany Lions facing pot charges since July to eight.
One former Penn State football player was also charged with marijuana possession Monday, making him the second former Nittany Lion to be charged this month.
The university’s athletics department is aware of the charges against redshirt freshman linebacker Lance Dixon, redshirt freshman cornerback Daequan Hardy, redshirt freshman running back Terry Smith and freshman cornerback Joseph Johnson III, a spokesperson wrote in a statement.
“These alleged actions do not reflect the values and standards of our program and will be addressed,” the athletics department said. “We will not comment any further as this is an ongoing legal matter.”
Dixon, Hardy, Smith and Johnson were charged after a university police officer smelled pot coming from the quartet’s on-campus apartment in August.
An officer found a bag of marijuana in Dixon’s room, a “partially smoked marijuana joint” in Hardy’s room, three bags of marijuana in Smith’s room and two bags of marijuana in Johnson’s room, police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause filed Monday.
Each test of the marijuana returned a “presumptive positive result,” police wrote.
University police also charged Brandon Taylor after officers said they found marijuana in a grinder in his dorm room. Taylor was removed from the football team due to a violation of team rules, a spokesperson said.
“We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to the program and wish him success in the future,” a spokesperson said.
Dixon, 19, Johnson, 19, and Taylor, 19, were charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Smith, 19, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and one summary count of purchasing alcohol as a minor.
Hardy, 19, was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a small amount of marijuana and one summary count of carrying a false identification.
A defense lawyer was not listed for either Dixon, Johnson, Taylor, Smith or Hardy.
Taylor has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 14. Dixon, Johnson, Smith and Hardy each have a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 21.