ATHENS — Chauncey Rivers was the passenger in a car with two Georgia football teammates when he was arrested last Friday for marijuana possession, according to the arrest report.
Rivers was found in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, though it was the second time in little more than a month that he has been arrested for that. Natrez Patrick, who Rivers was arrested with last month, was the driver of the car last Friday, but was not arrested and released at the scene, along with a third passenger, Rico McGraw.
All are freshman defensive players. Rivers, a defensive end, served a one-game suspension after the November arrest and would now be subject to a four-game suspension, according to UGA’s drug policy.
The car that Patrick was driving was pulled over early last Friday morning by an Athens-Clarke County policeman because of expired tags. When the officer was at the car, his report states, he “smelled strong marijuana scent coming from the vehicle.” He asked if there were any illegal drugs in the car, and Rivers answered that there were not, but some other people had smoked in the car earlier.
All three players were searched. Nothing was found on Patrick, but on Rivers there was found a “green vitamin bottle up between his legs,” the report states, and inside the bottle were “two clear baggies tied in a knot with the same strong smell of green leafy substance.”
A field test confirmed it was marijuana.
The report stated that McGraw also had an orange pill bottle that “also had marijuana smell.”
McGraw and Patrick were told they could go. Rivers was arrested and taken to jail.