UPDATED: Auburn's Nick Marshall issued citation for marijuana - WRBL

UPDATED: Auburn's Nick Marshall issued citation for marijuana

Posted: Updated: Jul 11, 2014 11:20 PM
Auburn football quarterback Nick Marshall cited for marijuana possession. Auburn football quarterback Nick Marshall cited for marijuana possession.
REYNOLDS, Ga. -

University of Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has been issued a citation for possession of marijuana, the Reynolds, Georgia police chief confirmed to WRBL News 3.

Around 12:45p et, an officer stopped Marshall along Georgia Highway 96 because his Dodge Charger had windows that were too dark, Chief Lonnie Holder said. As the officer questioned Marshall, the officer smelled marijuana and located less than an ounce of the drug tucked away in the car's visor, according to Holder. The drug was tested and results confirmed it was marijuana.

Marshall was not arrested and will not have to appear in court on September 10 if he pays the citation fines. He was ticketed $100 for the windows and another $1,000 for the drugs.

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Marshall was alone in the car, Holder said.

Shortly before 11:15 p.m. ET Friday night, Auburn released the following statement from Gus Malzahn:

"I am aware of the situation that happened earlier today with Nick," Malzahn said. "I'm very disappointed and I will address it with him accordingly."

Under the Auburn athletic department's drug policy, an athlete involved in an incident with drugs or alcohol is required to immediately inform his or her head coach. According to the policy, such "voluntary disclosure" operates as a positive test. On the first offense, no playing time is missed, but the player must attend counseling sessions and be test weekly. After a second offense, the player will be suspended for half the team's "competitive season." On a third offense, the player is dismissed from the team and all athletic facilities.

This is believed to be Marshall's first offense.
Sports Director Jonathan Huskey and WRBL.com's James Brierton contributed to this report

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James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

Sarah Panko

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Jonathan Huskey

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