Guion faces pot, gun charges in Florida

Ryan Wood, and Weston Hodkiewicz
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Letroy Guion's booking photo.

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion had a handgun, three-quarters of a pound of marijuana and more than $190,000 in cash when he was arrested Tuesday night in his hometown of Starke, Fla., according to an arrest report.

Guion was charged with two felony counts for possession of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and two bags of marijuana that contained a total of 357 grams, the report said. He also had $190,028.81 stashed in a backpack.

According to the Bradford County Sheriff's website, Guion was released from Bradford County Jail at 2:27 p.m. EST Wednesday on $100,000 bond.

A felony drug charge in Florida is for possession of more than 20 grams.

"We are aware of a serious matter involving Letroy Guion. We have not yet spoken to Letroy and we will have no further comment," a Packers spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

A call to Guion's agent, Seth Katz, wasn't immediately returned.

What police seized from Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion when he was arrested Tuesday night in Starke, Fla.

Guion, 27, was pulled over at 11:03 p.m. EST Tuesday for failure to maintain a single lane in the 2300 block of North Temple Avenue, a four-lane road that also is U.S. Highway 301 through the city.

The officer conducting the traffic stop reported that he could smell a "strong odor" of marijuana coming from Guion's 2015 Dodge Ram pickup truck, according to the report.

As the officer approached, he noted Guion partially hanging out of the driver's side window. Guion asked whether the officer knew who he was, according to the report.

Before police searched the truck, Guion told them he had a gun in his possession. The gun was registered to Guion, according to the report.

Guion became "extremely uncooperative and hostile" when the officer continued searching the vehicle after finding the gun. The report said Guion "kept coming near the truck several times saying, 'Hey, man, my money is in there.'" Guion then "rushed" the driver's side trying to remove a black backpack from the front passenger seat of the truck, according to the report. At that point, Guion was handcuffed, the report said.

The officer found the marijuana and the money inside the backpack. The report states Guion also was charged with possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Because the money was in the same backpack as the marijuana, the cash was seized and secured.

The street value of marijuana varies depending on factors such as quality and where it is sold, but according to Green Bay police, a pound of marijuana sells locally for between $2,500 and $3,000.

Starke is in northern Florida, roughly halfway between Gainesville and Jacksonville.

Guion played this season with the Packers on a one-year, $1 million contract. He arrived in Green Bay after playing six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. His first season in Green Bay was a career year, with Guion recording 3½ sacks.

Late in the season, Guion started negotiations with the Packers for a long-term contract.

It's the first time a Packers player has been arrested since November 2011, when linebacker Erik Walden was jailed on a domestic-violence charge stemming from an incident with his girlfriend at their town of Lawrence apartment. Walden ultimately was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Under a deferred prosecution agreement, his record was wiped clean in January 2013 after he went a year without any further incidents.

Walden was suspended by the NFL for one game, the 2012 season opener, for violating its personal conduct policy.

-- Jeff Ash contributed

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