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Duron Harmon, a rising star in the NFL New England Patriots has been arrested in Costa Rica after attempting to enter the nation with a large amount of weed hidden within his luggage.
Harmon attempted to cross the Costa Rican border with 58 grams of cannabis hidden inside an iced tea containers, three pipes filled with cannabis oil, a single edible, and four packets of compressed cannabis. Upon the discovery of these items, Harmon was detained before being deported back to the United States.
The director of the Fiscal Control Police, Irving Malespin, spoke of Harmon’s arrest and deportation in a statement. “This involved a professional NFL player, who tried to come into the country carrying marijuana,” he said. “He has sent back to US territory. It is important to highlight the work of different police bodies, who carry out important operations in different areas of the country. We want to prevent undesirable people from entering the country.”
Harmon is a 27-year-old defensive back who had his best season in 2017. He played in all 16 contests and closed out the season with 23 tackles, four interceptions, and seven pass deflections. He has played all five of his seasons with the New England Patriots.
The NFL has severe penalties for marijuana usage and Harmon could be facing a suspension. Thus far he has seemed to avoid any sanctions. The Patriots are also known to be harsh with players who have been caught smoking cannabis.
Earlier this month another NFL star made headlines because of his passion for cannabis. Former running back, Ricky Williams, has launched his own range of cannabis products. The former Miami Dolphin player said that he is launching a line of cannabis-based products into the market. The products a that are intended to be used in health routines. His brand, Real Wellness, will consist of six different marijuana-derived products.
Marijuana as a medical treatment and as a recreational substance is on the rise. The NFL will need to update their policy on the herb, otherwise, controversies like these could become more and more common.