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Browns receiver Antonio Callaway pleads not guilty in marijuana possession case

October 2, 2018

Browns receiver Antonio Callaway pleads not guilty in marijuana possession case

BEREA, Ohio -- Rookie Cleveland Browns receiver Antonio Callaway pleaded not guilty to charges of marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. 

Callaway’s lawyer sent a letter Friday to the Strongsville Mayor’s Court entering his plea, just days before his scheduled hearing on Oct. 4.

The case now goes to Berea Municipal Court. 

Attorney Kevin Spellacy told cleveland.com in August he is fighting to have the misdemeanor marijuana charge dropped because “we believe it was something that was left in his car when it was shipped up from Florida.”

“Other people had access who had used his car,” Spellacy said. “I provided them with a shipping receiving receipt. The car was delivered approximately three days before he was stopped (at 2:59 a.m. on Aug. 5). It was brought up from Florida. The amount of marijuana was .05 grams. It’s basically smaller than a dime, and it was under the seat.”

Spellacy added that “you wouldn’t know it was there unless you crawled on the floor and looked under the seat with a flashlight. That’s how small it was.”

Callaway told coach Hue Jackson and GM John Dorsey that it was a small roach, or tip of a joint, left under the seat by someone else. He told Strongsville police it belonged to his brother, according to the police report.

As for driving with a suspended license, Spellacy said that it had been straightened out and he hopes to resolve both matters before the case goes to trial. 

“His license is valid,” Spellacy said. “He had an outstanding ticket that had to be paid. He had actually paid the ticket, but the paperwork had not be sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles. They kind of crossed in the mail, so to speak. The infraction was taken care of, but the paperwork hasn’t caught up.”

Jackson and Dorsey both believe Callaway’s story that the marijuana was not his. Callaway is in Stage 1 of the NFL’s substance abuse program because of his diluted urine sample at the NFL combine in March, after which he admitted that he had smoked marijuana in the weeks before.

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