May 22, 2003
(Tifton-AP) -- Authorities in Tifton say Green Bay Packers defensive end Joe Johnson was charged with marijuana possession after a deputy saw his car stopped in a turning lane of U.S. highway 319 early Thursday.
Sheriff's Captain Bobby Brannen says the 30-year-old Johnson posted a $1600 cash bond and was released from the Tift County Jail shortly before noon.
Deputy David Hardy said he saw Johnson's silver Mercedes, with hazard lights flashing, stopped on the road, and as he approached Johnson got out and met him at the rear of the car.
He told the deputy he needed directions to Tallahassee.
Hardy said he smelled marijuana smoke on Hardy and coming from the car. He searched the vehicle and found what was believed to be a misdemeanor amount of marijuana.
Johnson, who is from St. Louis, signed with the Packers in March 2002 as an unrestricted free agent.
He played in just five games last season after being injured in a game against the Chicago Bears and missed Green Bay's minicamp earlier this month after having triceps surgery.