ATHENS — Georgia tailback Elijah Holyfield’s arrest for marijuana possession happened outside his dorm room, after UGA police were called by a resident assistant who smelled the odor of pot.
Police found small amounts of marijuana after obtaining a search warrant, after Holyfield declined a request to search his room. Holyfield denied to police that he had been smoking marijuana, according to a police report released on Monday.
The incident occurred at Vandiver Hall on River Road, just before midnight on Sunday. A resident assistant called UGA police after smelling the odor of marijuana from a dorm room, a suite that Holyfield shares with two teammates. When police officer Jacob Herndon arrived outside the room, he wrote that he could “immediately smell” the marijuana. He knocked and Holyfield answered the door, his eyes appearing bloodshot, Herndon wrote.
“I advised Holyfield that I could smell the odor of burning marijuana coming from his room and asked if they had been smoking. He stated that he had not and did know what I was talking about,” officer Herndon wrote. “Holyfield stated that he was sitting on the couch watching TV while his roommates were asleep.”
Holyfield then declined the officer’s request to search the room. At that point the officer asked Holyfield and his roommates (Mecole Hardman and Deangelo Gibbs) to step outside, and two other officers arrived as backup, while Herndon went to obtain a search warrant. The warrant was issued at 1:01 a.m. and 24 minutes later it was executed.
There was no contraband, to use the report’s term, found in Hardman’s and Gibbs’ rooms. In Holyfield’s room, an officer found a glass pipe located inside an iPhone box that contained what she thought was marijuana residue.
The officer also found a plastic box that contained a “small loose suspected bud of marijuana.” Because officers also noticed that a window was open, they checked below on the ground and found a cigarillo bag containing seven buds of “suspected unburned marijuana.”
“After gathering what we found, I asked Holyfield if the suspected marijuana that we found belonged to him,” officer Herndon wrote. “He stated that he had no idea how the marijuana got in his room. He also stated that he knew nothing about the marijuana thrown outside the window.”
Holyfield was placed under arrest and taken to jail. He was bonded out about an hour later.
There has been no official comment yet from the team, other than Kirby Smart saying through a spokesman that he was aware of the incident. Normally, a first violation of UGA’s marijuana policy calls for a one-game suspension for football players.