Posted: Oct 25, 2012 5:26 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 25, 2012 5:59 PM
Source: Baton Rouge Police Department
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested four former LSU players after they said they were caught with marijuana in an off-campus apartment.
Authorities arrested Jordan Jefferson, Tyrann Mathieu, Karnell Hatcher, and Derrick Bryant before 4 p.m. at an apartment on West State Street.
Lt. Don Kelly with Baton Rouge Police said they were told someone, later identified as Jefferson, tried to force their way past a security gate and into the complex. They were told he went into Mathieu's apartment, who answered the door when officers knocked.
Kelly said the officers immediately noticed an odor of marijuana, and got permission from Mathieu to search the apartment. Inside he said the found Jefferson, Hatcher and Bryant, as well as a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of high grade marijuana. Police said seven of the bags were inside Bryant's booksack.
Mathieu and Jefferson were charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana, Hatcher was charged with 2nd Offense Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Bryant is charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana.
Jefferson graduated from LSU last year, after starting at quarterback for the Tiger's BCS National Championship Game. Police arrested him and another player, Josh Johns, in Aug. 2011 in suspicion of battery after a fight outside a bar south of campus. Those charges were later reduced to a misdemeanor simple battery charge by a grand jury, which is still going through the court process.
Mathieu was dismissed from the team before the beginning of the school year for violating team rules. The school never said exactly what those violations were, but Mathieu did check into a drug rehab facility in Texas after his dismissal. He re-enrolled at LSU this year, and has been a student since.
Hatcher and Bryant were defensive backs who were seniors last year.
Senior Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent told News 2 the program had no comment at this time.
News 2 crews will have more on this breaking story as it develops.