Steelers WR Holmes arraigned on misdemeanor marijuana charge
PITTSBURGH -- Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII, was arraigned Wednesday on a misdemeanor marijuana charge stemming from a traffic stop.
Holmes' attorney, Robert DelGreco Jr., appeared at the brief hearing, where charges were formally presented. Holmes didn't appear, nor was he required to do so.
Santonio Holmes, WR
DelGreco said he planned to challenge the constitutionality of the stop, but he didn't elaborate on that.
"I will be filing a suppression motion," DelGreco said. "That will be a public record, and we'll go from there."
Pittsburgh police said they found three marijuana-filled cigars in Holmes' car after pulling him over Oct. 23. Holmes was stopped because his car was similar to one that police were looking for in a drug sting.
Holmes was cooperative and alerted officers to the drugs, police said.
DelGreco has characterized the charge "as low as a grade a misdemeanor you can get." The penalty is up to 30 days of probation and a $500 fine, he said.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin deactivated Holmes for one game following the traffic stop. Holmes wasn't arrested and received a court summons, which is common with misdemeanor charges in Pennsylvania.
Holmes said he "learned a lot" from missing the game. Before the Super Bowl, Holmes told the media that he had dealt drugs for a year in his hometown of Belle Glade, Fla.
Holmes, a first-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2006, has had two other run-ins with the law since the Steelers drafted him.
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In June 2006, Holmes was charged with domestic violence in Columbus, Ohio. Those charges were dropped when the mother of one of his three children declined to help prosecute the case and prosecutors were assured that Holmes received anger-management and domestic-violence counseling through the NFL.
In May 2006, Holmes was arrested for disorderly conduct by Miami police, who later dropped the charges.
No trial date has been set on the recent charge against Holmes, but a pretrial conference was scheduled for May 22 in Allegheny County Court.
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