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Benny Snell has Ohio drug charge withdrawn; may face discipline from NFL

Snell was pulled over by police in August and was found to have a small bag of marijuana in the vehicle.

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Benny Snell has had a rough week.

During Monday’s win over the Dolphins, the Steelers running back left the game with a knee injury. It’s unclear how severe it is and how much time Snell could miss.

Now, news has emerged that Snell was facing a drug charge for an incident that happened on August 30th in Ohio. According to, Snell was pulled over for speeding, and a small bag of marijuana was discovered in his car. Snell also admitted to smoking marijuana about 20 minutes before being pulled over.

A drug charge was later filed in Ohio, but that has now been withdrawn.

Here is an excerpt of the report.

Snell, who the Steelers selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft, admitted to smoking marijuana about 20 minutes before he was pulled over for speeding Aug. 30 on Route 250 in Harrison County, Ohio, according to a report released by the county’s sheriff’s office.

Snell, 21, of Westerville, Ohio, initially faced a drug charge after Deputy Nathan Stuckey found 2.74 grams of marijuana in a plastic baggie with a Star Wars logo on it that was in a bag on the passenger seat of the car, according to Stuckey’s report.

The drug charge was withdrawn, as is common practice in Ohio in cases involving small amounts of marijuana, according to Jack Felgenhauer, assistant prosecuting attorney for Harrison County.

Snell is now subject to discipline from the NFL because using marijuana is against the league’s code of conduct, If he were to be punished, it could involve a fine and/or a suspension. But because he’s a first-time offender, he may just incur a fine.

Be sure to read the full report here.