In a court hearing at Atlanta Municipal Court this morning, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill had marijuana possession charges dropped, according to his attorney.
Hill was arrested early Saturday morning on February 25, after police dogs confirmed the smell of an illegal substance emanating from his apartment while performing random floor checks in the condominiums he resides in.
According to the report, officers investigated, confirmed the odor and obtained a search warrant. Upon entry, officers found partially-smoked suspected marijuana “blunts” in plain view, as well as marijuana residue.
Hill and his girlfriend were arrested and taken into custody for possession of marijuana (less than an ounce). The two were transported to the Atlanta City Detention Center, posted bond and were released later that day.
According to Hill’s attorney, Edward T. M. Garland of the Atlanta law firm Garland, Samuel & Loeb, marijuana possession charges on Hill and his girlfriend were dismissed on a motion by the prosecution.
Both Hill and his girlfriend submitted to a urine test immediately following their arrest, and both tests came back negative.
“This morning the charges against Leroy Hill Jr. were completely dismissed because he was innocent of having any knowledge that trace amounts of marijuana were in his apartment,” Garland said. “He took a urine test immediately following his arrest and it showed that he was negative for any drugs in his system, as did the young woman who was with him.
“Because he was innocent, the charges were dismissed.”
Garland also represented Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis when he was accused of murder in Georgia, getting the worst of those charges dismissed.
Garland also represented Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in his sexual assault case. Rape charges were not filed in that case because a judge ruled that it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
With his latest issue resolved, Hill remains a possibility to return to Seattle in free agency to fill the team’s need at linebacker. Hill, 29, is coming off his most productive year in five seasons.
For the first time in his seven years in the league Hill, 29, played a full 16 games, finishing fourth on the team in tackles with 89, and second on the team with four sacks.