Dequinta Jones faces drug charge

Updated: October 27, 2010, 6:26 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas defensive tackle Dequinta Jones was arrested and charged with marijuana possession early Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Jones was arrested by Fayetteville police after an officer smelled marijuana coming from his vehicle during a traffic stop for no vehicle license lights. According to the preliminary police report, Jones had a plastic bag with 8.7 grams of marijuana in his pocket.

Coach Bobby Petrino said he was aware of the arrest, but he hadn't talked to Jones yet. Petrino said the arrest would "certainly be addressed."

"I'm very disappointed," Petrino said. "It's something we certainly don't want to see happen, particularly during the week of a game."

The charge of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

The sophomore has started all seven games this season for the No. 19 Razorbacks and has 22 tackles. He played in 12 games last season as a freshman, starting three games.

Arkansas hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday.


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