Deontay Wilder

MONTGOMERY, Ala.  - Tuscaloosa police say a heavyweight boxing champion has been arrested for drug possession following a traffic stop

Deontay Wilder, 31, was charged Wednesday with second-degree marijuana possession, a misdemeanor, and released on $1,000 bond.

According to a statement released by the Tuscaloosa department, Wilder was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after they found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade after an initial traffic stop for a window tint violation.

Wilder's attorney Paul Patterson told The Associated Press that Wilder said the marijuana did not belong to him. Patterson said that Wilder had just returned from an out-of-town trip, in which he had been driving another vehicle, and selected the Escalade to run errands around Tuscaloosa.

Wilder has several friends and associates who had access to the Escalade when he was out of town, Patterson said.

"He is heartbroken by this, but the fighter in him is going to ensure he fights and clears his good name," Patterson said.

The 6-foot-7-inch (2-meter) fighter is the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion. He won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.

 
 
 
 

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