Panthers Receiver Nabbed with Weed During Traffic Stop in South Carolina

Wide receiver Shi Smith in his Carolina Panthers jersey and his recent mug shot.

South Carolina native Shi Smith was arrested in his home state on March 25. He's a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers and played college football at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. 

The arrest took place on Highway 176 in Union County at 11:30 am. Police clocked him driving 86 mph in a 50 mph zone. The smell of cannabis led to a search. Smith was charged with speeding, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful carrying of a handgun.

He bailed out of Union County Detention Center for $6,000 and must return to the county for a hearing on June 14. 

It's unclear how much cannabis Smith was carrying. According to NORML, "Possession of one ounce or less [in South Carolina] is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 30 days imprisonment and a fine of $100-$200." Trafficking charges are felonies.

After a stellar career at USC, Smith, 23, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft by Carolina. He made just sixth catches in his rookie season.

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