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FSU Recruit Cinmeon Bowers Arrested for Eating Marijuana

By Aditi Mukherji, JD on January 21, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A Florida State University junior recruit has been arrested for eating marijuana, allegedly in an attempt to hide it from police during a traffic stop.

Nope, the weed was not ingested in brownie or banana bread form. Cinmeon Bowers, 20, widely considered one of the top junior college prospects in the country, allegedly swallowed the weed whole in all its green bud glory.

Unfortunately for Bowers, his half-baked plan didn't pan out too well.

Allegedly Eating the Evidence

Cinmeon Bowers and Chipola College teammates Torian Graham, 20, and Jamaar McKay-Taylor, 19, are accused of eating a stash of marijuana in an attempt to conceal it from officers following a routine traffic stop for speeding in Marianna, Florida last week, reports ESPN.

Unfortunately for the three players, the plan backfired. Eating the evidence didn't fool officers, as a strong odor of marijuana allegedly continued to waft from the car. The three teammates were charged with tampering with evidence and taken to the Jackson County Correctional Facility.

Tampering With Evidence

Tampering is any alteration, concealment, or destruction of a document or thing to impede an investigation or legal proceeding. Eating weed is one of many strange ways to tamper with drug evidence.

The players may have to eat hefty fines and even tackle potential jail time for their edible stunt. In Florida, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence is a criminal offense that carries felony penalties of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

To prove the alleged crime, prosecutors will need to show Bowers and his teammates knew that a criminal investigation or proceeding was pending or about to begin and that they tampered with the weed to impair its verity or availability in the investigation or proceeding.

Non-Criminal Consequences

The criminal charge isn't the only repercussion the boys are facing. All three players have been suspended indefinitely by Chipola College until the legal issue is resolved, reports ESPN.

Bowers' future with Florida State University may also be jeopardized. Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton, who has recently dealt with worse legal scandals, told ESPN he will allow the process to play out before making a decision about Bowers.

The unfortunate reality for Bowers, who committed to playing for FSU, is that this criminal issue may very well negatively impact his recruitment process.

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