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Steelers' Bell, Blount set to face pot charges

Bell, Blount To Face Marijuana Charges

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.

Ross Township detective Brian Kohlhepp said traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after Stafiej, who was on a motorcycle, noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Stafiej found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell, Blount and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana according to police.

Bell, 22, was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.

Bell, Blount and the female passenger were arrested and released. All three are expected to receive notice of formal charges through the mail said Kohlhepp. The possession and DUI charges are both misdemeanors.

The Steelers play a preseason game in Philadelphia on Thursday. Bell and Blount, signed as a free agent in the offseason, were expected to see significant playing time in the main tuneup for starters before Pittsburgh's Sept. 7 opener against Cleveland.

A team spokesman did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.

Bell set a franchise record for total yards by a rookie running back last season, smashing the mark set by Hall of Famer Franco Harris.

The second-round pick out of Michigan State ran for 860 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 45 passes for 399 yards despite missing the first three games of the season with a foot injury.

Pittsburgh plans to use Bell and Blount as a one-two punch, with the burly 27-year-old Blount expected to be featured heavily in short-yardage situations. The Steelers finished tied for 27th in the league with 1,383 yards rushing in 2013 on their way to an 8-8 record.

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Rick August 20 2014 at 9:51 PM

Not the sharpest knives in the drawer....

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M.A.P August 21 2014 at 8:09 AM

Professional athletes can be so appalling sometimes. Making millions and they still continue to do stupid s.... How are the younger athletes and kids in general suppose to look up to such individuals as these two. It's illegal in that state and against NFL policies , so just stop doing it. If they cannot abide by league rules stop being a professional athlete. You can't fix stupid.

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Daddy August 20 2014 at 10:18 PM

stupid stupid stupid

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rude August 20 2014 at 11:42 PM

"But Officer, we were just on the way to pick up your season tickets on the 50 yard line."

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lumyai9 August 21 2014 at 6:58 AM

OMG .The devil weed.This is a really big deal.Great work PGH police.Now they just have to round up the other 56% of NFL players who admit to smoking da herb

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Bert brockway lumyai9 August 21 2014 at 1:49 PM

Not pgh police dept....northern suburbs...Ross township ..Bell was stopped at a light and a nearby mc cop smelled the burning weed ...and la dee dah

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jaywpb lumyai9 August 21 2014 at 2:55 PM

Would be a big deal if they smashed into your car and left your child dead!

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bartandyc August 20 2014 at 11:37 PM

That officer should be in k-9 , is there a set limit like alcohol .10 for canibis ? another ? for huffpost is it now requiresd to join facebook does that mean facebook now owns huff/aol or are they just submissive to it

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z bartandyc August 21 2014 at 7:19 AM

No there is no limit. If it's in his system, he's under the influence.

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jyates1936 August 20 2014 at 11:00 PM

Do the cops have the right to stop these two guys? They are black. They should not be hassled by the police. The police always target blacks. The cops are pigs. Who needs the police? They are good for nothing. Where's Al and Jesse? We need them to get there post haste. Not a second to waste. (sarcasm off)

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LisaMarieRoberts August 20 2014 at 10:07 PM

Other than driving under the influence, their is no cause for concern to these two players. Marijuana is old news, Today! With Most Fathers smoking with their Wives(45-75 yrs old)every time they could afford to purchase it. Kids, your Parents have been smoking this for years. Don't let them fool you! Marijuana is less harmful than Alcohol and, Alcohol continues to kill every day.

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landslowrance August 20 2014 at 11:58 PM

Big Deal. Move along folks. Nothing to see here.

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CurbShocker August 21 2014 at 12:40 PM

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