Former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Greg Robinson was arrested by border patrol agents for alleged possession of 157 pounds of cannabis.
Robinson, the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, along with ex-NFL player Quan Bray, were arrested at the Sierra Blanca border checkpoint after federal agents found 157 pounds of cannabis in duffle bags in a rented vehicle. Robinson and Bray face charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cannabis and possession with intent to distribute cannabis. Both face up to 20 years in prison.
According to the complaint filed by the DEA, Robinson, Bray and a third unidentified person, described as an Uber driver, were traveling from Los Angeles to Louisiana when they hit the checkpoint. Robinson offered the Uber driver payment to claim the cannabis, but they refused and said they wouldn’t have driven the two if they knew about the drugs in the vehicle.
Robinson spent the last two seasons in Cleveland and was set to become a free agent. The Browns announced earlier they had no intention of re-signing Robinson. Bray spent three years in the NFL before signing with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Bray’s team released a statement saying they’re aware of the arrest.
“We are in the process of gathering as much information as possible as we take this matter very seriously,” the statement says. “We plan to make a definitive decision as soon as possible.”
The NFL has previously discussed removing its cannabis ban in its next collective bargaining agreement. The details of the next CBA are unknown, but completely removing cannabis from the banned list is possible, but the league would need a plan in place for players who are criminally charged with cannabis-related offenses in states where recreational cannabis isn’t legal, like in Robinson’s case.