Posted: 10:34 pm Friday, February 14th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
Two drug felony charges will be dropped against an Auburn football signee, his attorney told the Montgomery Advertiser on Friday.
Camden County High School defensive back Kalvaraz Bessent was one of four people charged with possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession with intent by Florida’s Nassua County Sheriff’s Office. The four were stopped for speeding in a 2007 Dodge Charger last Friday, and 320 grams of marijuana and a handgun were found.
On Friday, Bessent’s attorney told the Montgomery Advertiser’s James Crepea that “all” charges have been dropped against his client.
“We had a meeting with the State Attorney’s office yesterday in which they permitted me to listen to and view some of the evidence and then there were discussions that led everybody to the agreement that Kalvaraz had absolutely no involvement in the circumstances,” Travis A. Reinhold said.
Bessent’s care is still listed as “open” at the Sherriff’s office, but his attorney said it may take until Tuesday to process the paperwork.
Bessent tweeted out his reaction to the news on Friday:
Thanks to all my AU family that stuck with me through this see you guys at Auburn War Eagle!!!—
kalvaraz bessent (@kalvarexbessent) February 14, 2014
Auburn coach Gus Malzhan has not made any public statements about Bessent’s future with the team. Camden County coach Welton Coffee told the website that “a whole bunch” of colleges have called to inquire about Bessent within the last week.
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