Steelers' Holmes to face possession charge
By Michael Hasch
Friday, October 24, 2008
Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes will be charged with possession of marijuana after three blunts were found inside his vehicle Thursday afternoon in Uptown, Pittsburgh police said.
Holmes was stopped about 4 p.m. near the intersection of Centre Avenue and Mario Lemieux Place by officers searching for a vehicle with a similar description.
When officers approached Holmes' vehicle, they smelled an odor of burning marijuana, police said.
Holmes, who was not carrying his driver's license, admitted to having a small amount of marijuana
and pointed out the blunts -- a cigar filled with marijuana -- to officers.
Holmes, 24, will be sent a summons charging him with possession of marijuana.
Police said they stopped Holmes because they had been looking for a black sport utility vehicle with out-of-state plates believed to be carrying a large amount of narcotics. Police said Holmes was driving a black SUV with out-of-state plates, but it was not the vehicle they were seeking.
Holmes is in his third season with the Steelers. He is second on the team in receiving with 22 catches for 360 yards and one touchdown. He has 118 catches for 2,037 yards and 11 touchdowns in his NFL career.
Holmes, a native of Belle Glade, Fla., was the Steelers' No. 1 draft pick in 2006 out of Ohio State University. He was the school's fifth all-time receiver when he left school with 140 receptions for 2,295 yards.
Holmes was arrested in June 2006 on charges of domestic violence in Columbus, Ohio. He was charged with assaulting LaShae Boone, the mother of one of his three children. The charges were dropped when Boone chose not to go forward with the case.
Holmes was also arrested for disorderly conduct in Miami in May 2006. Those charges were later dropped by the Miami Police Department.http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_595004.html