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Police cite reason Lynch stopped

2/18/2009 - NFL Marshawn Lynch Buffalo Bills + more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Officers who arrested Buffalo Bills
running back Marshawn Lynch last week for possessing a loaded gun
decided to search him after noticing the smell of marijuana coming
from the vehicle he occupied, police said Wednesday.

Lynch and two other men were sitting in a parked Mercedes Benz
with no license plates and dark, tinted windows on Feb. 11 when
officers approached to investigate if the car was stolen, said
police Capt. Dave Tankenson.

The officers smelled marijuana and searched the car and its
occupants, finding four marijuana cigarettes and an unregistered 9
mm pistol, Tankenson said. Officers were unsure if the drugs
belonged to Lynch.

Lynch's attorney, Gerald Schwartzbach, said the running back was
not booked on any drug violations. He said he had not seen a copy
of the police report and would not comment further.

Tankenson said the Los Angeles County district attorney's office
will decide whether to charge Lynch with possessing the gun by the
end of the week.

Even if Lynch is not charged and convicted, he could face
disciplinary action from the NFL for violating the league's
personal conduct policy.

It was the second time in less than a year that he has been in
trouble with the law. In June, Lynch pleaded guilty to a traffic
violation and admitted speeding off after striking a female
pedestrian near Buffalo's downtown bar district on May 31.

The victim, a 27-year-old woman from suburban Toronto, was
treated and released from the hospital later that day after
sustaining a bruised hip and cut to her thigh. Lynch said he did
not know he hit her.

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said the team would not comment
on Lynch's legal affairs.

"We are still in the process of gathering all of the facts,"
Berchtold said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Lynch, the Bills' first-round draft pick out of
California in 2007, played in his first Pro Bowl earlier this
month.