Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Harris, 25, was a passenger in a vehicle that stopped by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Interstate 49 in Bates County around 4:22 p.m. He was taken to Bates County Jail, where he was booked and later released.
Possession of 35 grams (1 1/4 ounces) or more is considered a felony in Missouri, punishable by up to seven years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Charges against Harris are pending. He could not be reached for comment.
“He was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation,” Sgt. Bill Lowe told The Star. “The trooper recognized the odor of marijuana, and marijuana was located in his possession.”
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Lowe said Harris was cooperative.
Harris served as the Chiefs’ No. 2 tight end behind Travis Kelce the last two seasons, appearing in 32 games while making 20 starts. He’s a former basketball player at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With the Chiefs in 2015, Harris caught seven passes for 74 yards and a touchdown and received a three-year contract extension worth $6.3 million late in the year.
In 2016, he caught a career-high 17 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, including a two-point conversion in a road win over Denver in November.