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Ex-Michigan football star arrested on drug trafficking charges

A former star wide receiver for the University of Michigan football team was arrested on Aug. 16 after, police claim, he was discovered in a room with marijuana inside. David Terrell is also accused of hitting two officers in the hand, adding charges of misdemeanor battery to the arrest.

According to Chicago police, there was a report of people smoking marijuana in an apartment that officers responded to the afternoon of Aug. 16. The responding officers found Terrell and two other people inside the apartment. They also claim to have found an undisclosed amount of marijuana inside, as well as plastic baggies and "heat-sealing machines," which a police spokesman said were drug trafficking paraphernalia.

In justifying the battery accusations against Terrell, the arresting officers claimed that he "reach[ed] over the top of the door" and hit one officer in the hand. Later, as the officers handcuffed him, Terrell allegedly resisted and "caused injury" to a second officer's hand. The extent of the harm to the officers' hands is not clear from an article about the arrest.

Terrell reportedly has been charged with felony manufacture and delivery of cannabis and misdemeanor battery. He is currently free on bail.

In cases like these, there are several questions that a defense attorney might pose about the government's case. For example, it might be worth investigating the anonymous tip to see if it justified officers entering the apartment. It is also possible for someone to be arrested on felony drug trafficking charges when they are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Further investigation could show that someone in that situation was not part of a drug trafficking scheme and was simply present when the bust occurred.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Former Bears top pick hit with felony drug charges," Rosemary Regina Sobol, Aug. 19, 2013

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