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Former NFL player accused on drug charges

A Florida man was arrested on June 25 and accused of possessing crack cocaine. Alvin McCants, 50, formerly a defensive end for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was pulled over in his car as he drove near St. Petersburg in the early morning hours. Once pulled over, he was accused of possession of crack, a felony charge, as well as driving with a revoked or suspended license.

McCants was released from custody after posting bond. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and will return to court on July 10 for trial. McCants' early life was characterized by a promising athletic career, but his post-retirement life has been more troubled. As a young man, McCants was an All-American college athlete at the University of Alabama. After graduation, he was drafted into the NFL in 1990. He played three seasons with the Buccaneers and two seasons with the Oilers and Cardinals. Injuries due to sacks brought his career in professional football to an end in 1995.

In 2010, he was arrested in Pinellas County and accused of cocaine possession. One year later, he was again charged with cocaine possession and was stopped for outstanding traffic warrants from Alabama. In 2014, he was handed drug charges on three occasions after arrests in Pasco and Pinellas counties. He also faced repeated charges related to driving without a license and other traffic offenses.

When people are accused of drug offenses, there are serious consequences that can follow a conviction. People can face jail time, costly fines and a criminal record that can interfere with employment. A criminal defense attorney can provide strong representation to people accused in drug cases and help them to obtain a favorable outcome.

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