Packer Sam Shields charged with marijuana possession

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2015, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Sam Shields breaks up a pass intended for St. Louis Rams' Tavon Austin during the first half an NFL football game, in Green Bay, Wis. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer thinks he's got the fastest receiving corps in the NFL. The Packers’ young cornerbacks will  try to help keep up with them in an NFC divisional round playoff game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2015, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Sam Shields breaks up a pass intended for St. Louis Rams' Tavon Austin during the first half an NFL football game, in Green Bay, Wis. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer thinks he's got the fastest receiving corps in the NFL. The Packers’ young cornerbacks will try to help keep up with them in an NFC divisional round playoff game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke, File)

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields has been charged with possession of marijuana, several months after a Brown County narcotics investigator searched his home in Ashwaubenon. Friday his attorneys appeared in court and entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf on the misdemeanor charges.

There are two counts filed against Shields–Possession of THC and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Each charge is a misdemeanor. The counts were filed Thursday, Jan. 12.

The Green Bay Packers released the following statement to Action 2 News:

“The Packers are aware of the matter involving Sam Shields. We will refrain from making any further comment as it is an ongoing legal matter.”

A criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News says Brown County Drug Task Force investigators went to Shields’ home on Oct. 19, 2016, “on suspicions of drug-related activity associated with that residence based on parcel sent through the U.S. Mail.”

The complaint goes on to say Shields opened the door holding a cell phone and a “blunt.”

Excerpt from criminal complaint.
Excerpt from criminal complaint.

Shields allowed the investigators to search his home, and admitted to having marijuana in the home, according to the complaint.

The criminal complaint states Shields showed them a cupboard containing “several jars of green plant material that was consistent in appearance with marijuana.”

Excerpt of criminal complaint.
Excerpt of criminal complaint.

The narcotics investigators also found candy and muffins believed to contain edible marijuana, and clear plastic food bags that “smelled like raw marijuana.”

One of the narcotics officers tested a sample of green plant material, and candy and muffins. The tests were positive for the presence of THC, according to the criminal complaint.

Excerpt of criminal complaint.
Excerpt of criminal complaint.

A narcotics investigator said he also found a priority mail box that was mailed from Parker, Colorado.

Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Colorado.

Shields’ attorneys appeared in court on the player’s behalf Friday morning and entered a “not guilty plea.”  A judge ordered a $500 signature bond. The attorneys denied to provide comment to Action 2 News.

Shields was placed on injured reserve in October after suffering a concussion. He was later ruled out for the season.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Packers receiver Geronimo Allison was arrested for marijuana possession in September.

Allison was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 43 near Francis Creek, in Manitowoc County, on September 4. A small amount of marijuana was discovered in the car, according to police.

Allison was charged with a misdemeanor last month and has a court appearance on Monday, Jan. 23.

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