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Former Texas A&M graduate and NFL pro facing drug charges

A 37-year-old Texas man has been charged with misdemeanor drug possession charges after two marijuana plants were allegedly found in his father's home. Henry Jamaar Taylor faces up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $2,000 if convicted. Taylor, who attended Texas A&M University, was appointed the assistant coach of the Robert R. Vela High School football team after an injury-plagued professional career. He was selected as a wide receiver by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL draft.

The drug charges filed against Taylor stem from a search of his father's home on May 2. Deputies from the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office entered the property seeking an armed man who had allegedly been seen entering the residence. Police reports do not indicate who called the deputies or whether or not the armed man was found, but they do reveal that two marijuana plants were discovered in one of the home's bedrooms. Taylor's father is said to have told deputies that the plants belonged to his son who he described as a marijuana user.

The Edinburg School District did not immediately release a statement after being notified about Taylor's case, but recent events suggest that they may stand behind their assistant coach. Robert R. Vela High School's head football coach and Taylor's supervisor was suspended for two weeks after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in January. He has since been reinstated.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys may urge prosecutors to show leniency when their clients are accused of committing minor drug offenses and face severe professional sanctions. Attorneys could support these arguments by citing mitigating factors such as sincere remorse, gainful full-time employment and a previously unblemished criminal record.

Source: USA Today, "Former NFL player turned HS assistant Jamaar Taylor arrested for marijuana plants", Cam Smith, July 13, 2018

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