Georgia cornerback Smith gets pre-trial diversion

Georgia cornerback Branden Smith entered a pre-trial diversion program last month in Alabama stemming from his spring break arrest on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana, according to a clerk at the Henry County (Ala.) District Court.

Smith was ordered to pay $1,034 in court costs on May 18 when he was placed into the program. He was arrested on March 11 on his way to Panama City, Fla.

Georgia has not announced a suspension for the senior, but such an arrest would require him to miss at least one game—10 percent of a season–under Athletic Association policy. No announcement on Smith’s suspension is imminent, according to senior associate athletic director Claude Felton this afternoon.

Smith was driving on Highway 431 in Abbeville, Ala., about 25 miles north of Dothan in Southeast Alabama, when he was pulled over on a routine traffic stop for following too closely and having no tag light. A passenger in the car, Danze Woods, was also charged with possession of marijuana. A “baseball size package of marijuana” was found in the car, according to police.

After completion of all requirements in the pre-trial diversion program, the case is usually dismissed, but the charge would remain on Smith’s record.

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