Crossville, TN – New England Patriots’ defensive back Joejuan Williams was arrested on drug-related charges on Jan. 17.
A Tennessee State Police trooper stopped Williams at 9:37 p.m. for speeding, according to the Tennessean.
Williams was driving 90 mph in a 70 mph zone about 100 miles east of Nashville.
The state trooper conducted a search of the car and found acetaminophen hydrocodone prescription pills, valacyclovir hydrocodone pills and a large amount of marijuana, according to the Tennessean.
The state trooper also found hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes and illegal paraphernalia inside the 2016 Land Rover.
Williams was given a ticket for spending and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drugs without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was booked into the county jail on Jan. 17 and released the next day after he posted a $37,500 bond. Williams’ next court day is Feb. 21.
Williams is from Nashville and played college football at Vanderbilt. He was drafted in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft.
Williams signed a four-year contract that will pay him $6.6 million through 2022. In 2019, he had a base salary of $495,000 with a $2.8 million signing bonus. The Patriots had one of the best defenses in the NFL in 2019 and Williams saw limited action. He played in nine games for the Patriots and had nine tackles. Williams was expected to play more of a role in 2020.
Williams could face discipline if convicted for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.
According to the Tennessean: “Players convicted of or admitting to a violation of law … relating to use, possession, acquisition, sale, or distribution of Substances of Abuse other than alcohol, or conspiring to do so, are subject to appropriate discipline as determined by the Commissioner.”