Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Duron Carter has pleaded guilty to marijuana possession.
Carter pleaded guilty in a Saskatoon courtroom on Monday morning. He was not present, but was represented by his lawyer, Louis Mercier of Mercier Law Office in Regina.
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Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) agents found 6.8 grams of marijuana in a cigar packet when Carter arrived in Saskatoon on Feb. 1 to attend the Kinsmen Sports celebrity dinner.
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He was given an absolute discharge after a joint submission by the Crown and Carter’s lawyer.
Mercier said Carter now wants to move on.
“He’ll have a criminal record for a year and then it will automatically be erased from the system,” Mercier said outside of court, adding the “absolute discharge was fair in all the circumstances.”
Carter was also charged with marijuana possession in 2017 after he was caught with pot-laced cookies at Winnipeg’s airport.
He pleaded guilty to that charge in June and was giving an absolute discharge.
Roughriders’ Duron Carter pleads guilty to marijuana possession in Manitoba
Mercier believed Carter has learned his lesson.
“He is now getting older and this is now his second professional football team he’s playing with, so I don’t think it will happen again,” Mercier said.
Carter is currently in Florida where he lives in the off-season.
Whether he’ll be able to travel back to Canada to play football in 2019 is up to the CBSA.
Carter was released by the Riders on Aug. 11 and later signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts.