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Top Auburn recruit arrested, charged with two drug felonies

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One of Auburn’s top football recruits was arrested and charged with two drug felonies on Friday.

Kalavaz Bessent is an Under Armour All-American cornerback from Georgia’s Camden County High School.

Bessent initially committed to Alabama but switched to Auburn, signing with the Tigers last Wednesday.

On Friday, Bessent was arrested on two felony charges stemming from possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession with intent, according to the Nassua County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, per al.com. The website said he was charged and released on Saturday on a $5,506 bond.

Here’s more from al.com’s Brandon Marcello:

A 2007 Dodge Charger was stopped Friday at roughly 10 p.m. on U.S. 1 in western Nassau County for driving 58 mph in a 45 mph zone. Inside were four occupants, including driver Elbert Thornton, 21, of Jacksonville, sheriff Bill Leeper said.

A deputy smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana and upon searching the vehicle found four bags of marijuana totaling 202.5 grams underneath the driver’s seat and front passenger seat. Bessent was sitting in the front passenger seat.

None of the four occupants, all male, took ownership of the marijuana and so all were arrested on the same charges, Leeper said.

Bessent tweeted about the situation:

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