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Bucs' Ahmad Black cited for marijuana possession

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Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 12:09 AM

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TAMPA -

Another member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary was recently found to be in possession of an illegal substance, Hillsborough County Court records show.

Second-year safety Ahmad Black, a Lakeland High and University of Florida product, was cited Oct. 30 for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Black, a backup who has recorded 10 tackles and two interceptions, including one that helped seal the Bucs' 42-32 victory against Oakland on Sunday, has been given a notice to appear for arraignment Dec. 3.

Black could not be reached for comment on the matter, but Bucs officials responded with a statement saying they "are aware of the situation, have been in communication with the league office and are handling the matter internally."

Black is the third member of the Bucs secondary tied this year to either an illegal substance or a substance whose use is prohibited by the NFL without a doctor's prescription and NFL waiver.

Earlier in the year, former Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended for four games by the NFL after he tested positive for the banned drug Adderall, a violation of the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

Fellow cornerback Eric Wright has reportedly tested positive for Adderall as well, according to a report filed by Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer. Wright's status remains uncertain.

Neither the NFL, the Bucs nor Wright have commented on the accuracy of Glazer's report, and Wright, who started Sunday's game at Oakland, remains eligible to play for the Bucs.

Under terms of the NFL's personal conduct policy, Black could face disciplinary action ranging from a fine to a suspension for his citation, which came after police observed him driving in the wrong direction on Hillsborough Avenue just before 2 a.m.

The officer who stopped Black said in his report that he smelled "a strong odor of marijuana" coming from the vehicle that Black and a female passenger were in and asked Black, who was driving, where the marijuana was.

"(Black) stated to me that he had some sort of mechanical trouble with his vehicle," the report said. "I detained the driver and searched him for marijuana with negative results. I (then) advised the driver that I smelled the marijuana and would be searching the vehicle.

"(Black then) stated that he had smoked marijuana earlier and also informed me that he had a small amount of marijuana in the driver side door. I placed (Black) in my patrol car and located a small marijuana cigarette in the driver door handle area."

In an effort to improve the league's 32nd-ranked pass defense, the Bucs on Tuesday released nickel cornerback Brandon McDonald and promoted cornerback LeQuan Lewis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Tight end LaMark Brown was added to the practice squad.

Lewis, who came to the Bucs three weeks ago and played in their game against the Saints before being released and re-signed to the practice squad, first came into the league an undrafted free agent with Tennessee in 2011.

McDonald, who came to the Bucs as a free agent during the offseason, played in eight games with two starts for the Bucs this year, mostly serving as a slot corner in nickel and dime packages.


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