Police charge Steelers' Bell, Blount with marijuana possession
Two Steelers and their female companion were officially charged Thursday possession of marijuana that police say they found in a car traveling along busy McKnight Road in Ross.
Le'Veon Bell, 22, who was driving his black Camaro when police pulled it over Wednesday afternoon, also was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, Ross police Detective Brian Kohlhepp said.
Bell, teammate LeGarrette Blount, 27, who was seated in the front seat, and Mercedes Dollson, 21, a model from California who was seated in the back seat, all admitted ownership of a small-to-medium-sized bag — estimated at 20 grams — of marijuana found in the glove compartment, Kohlhepp said.
The charges were filed at District Judge Richard Opiela's office on Perry Highway in West View. The criminal complaints were not available because the office was closed when police announced the charges Thursday afternoon.
Bell, Bount and Dollson, who were released from custody after police questioned them, will be mailed a summons to appear for a preliminary hearing. A hearing date has not been scheduled, according to online court records. No attorney for them is listed.
District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. had no comment on the charges, according to his spokesman, Mike Manko.
Ross motorcycle Officer Sean Stafiej was traveling north on McKnight Road at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the Camaro and pulled it over in the Pool City parking lot, Kohlhepp said.
Bell was taken to UPMC Passavant for a blood draw and the three — who were polite and cooperative with officers — were released to someone who came to the police station, the detective said.
Dollson, who moved from Sacramento to Los Angeles in 2012 according to a modeling Internet site, is only described as being a friend of the two players.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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