Florida State University quarterback Deondre Francois is at the center of a months-long drug investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department that accuses him of possessing marijuana with the intent to sell.
Police were led to Francois by an anonymous tipster, who said he was in the junior’s apartment in late February and saw a large grocery bag full of marijuana, the Orlando Sentinel reports. It was estimated the bag contained around two pounds of cannabis. Police later executed a search warrant at Francois’ apartment that included combing through his curbside garbage, but found just 17 grams of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.
Tallahassee police concluded their investigation of Francois last Thursday and found that discarded garbage containing marijuana residue showed evidence of criminal activity. However, Francois was not arrested and was given the opportunity to participate in a pre-trial diversion program, which would required him to do community service and avoid any criminal activity for up to a year. He could also reportedly be asked to participate in a substance abuse program.
New FSU football coach Willie Taggart said Francois, who’s still recovering from a knee injury he suffered last season, is still on the team at the moment.
“He’s still with our football team,” Taggart said, adding that he and Francis have discussed the matter and it will be handled internally. “ … We talked about his responsibility as a student athlete here, and he understands my expectations and what I’m looking for, especially when it comes to our quarterback.”