Charge stems from May traffic stop

Updated: November 7, 2003, 5:47 PM ET
Associated Press

MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive tackle Keith Hamilton was indicted on a cocaine possession charge stemming from a traffic stop in May.

The case most likely will not be resolved for several months, allowing the 12-year veteran to avoid any possible disciplinary action by the NFL this season. Under its substance abuse policy, the NFL does not fine or suspend a player until he pleads or is found guilty.

A grand jury handed up the one-count indictment Thursday. Conviction carries a prison term of three to five years. Hamilton rejected a plea bargain by prosecutors that probably would have resulted in probation and community service.

Hamilton was stopped by police May 22 for having tinted car windows. Police searched his car and said they found less than 50 grams of marijuana and a folded dollar bill with a small amount of cocaine inside. A cup containing vodka mixed with orange juice also was found.

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