Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Harris, 25, was riding in a vehicle that was stopped by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Interstate 49 in Bates County, which is about an hour south of Kansas City. He was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at about 4:22 p.m. and was taken to the county jail, where he was booked and later released. Charges are pending and Harris and the Chiefs have yet to comment on the matter.
“He was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation,” Sgt. Bill Lowe told the Kansas City Star. “The trooper recognized the odor of marijuana, and marijuana was located in his possession.”
In Missouri, possession of 35 grams, which is about 1.25 ounces, or more of marijuana is considered a felony and is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Harris, who finished his third season with the team, was the No. 2 tight end behind Travis Kelce the last two seasons, starting 20 games and playing in 32. He caught a career-high 17 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in 2016. Notably, that touchdown pass, the “Bloated Tebow Pass,” came from Dontari Poe. Harris was fined for celebrating the touchdown.