GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville state attorney's office has decided not to press charges against Florida football player Loucheiz Purifoy, who was arrested in early February while in a car that was pulled over and marijuana was found in the car.
"Mere presence where marijuana is found is not legally sufficient to prosecute or convict," Gainesville State Attorney Bill Cervone said. "Ownership or control of the substance must be proven. When multiple people are in a car where marijuana is found that same rule applies.
There were no facts to show ownership or control by Purifoy as opposed to the other defendants, which compels dismissal of the charges." Purifoy plans to work out at wide receiver in the spring but will be a two-way player in the fall, as a standout cornerback as a sophomore. Several experts have already forecast Purifoy, who will draft eligible in 2014, as a potential selection in the top two or three rounds _ which could skyrocket.
The attorney representing Purifoy said there was never a question the case would get thrown out. "He was not in possession of any marijuana," said Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson. "They certainly could not find any link any marijuana there was no criminal case to be had." Johnson said it was a easy case to handle. "Frankly as soon as I saw the facts I could not imagine the sate attorney's office charging him," he said.
Purfioy was given a notice to appear in court after being in the backseat of a car that was stopped for right-of-violation. Police found a small amount of marijuana in the car and Purifoy was the person cited. There were two other people in the car and all claimed the marijuana was not theirs. Police originally alleged a charge for first-degree misdemeanor for possession of marijuana (less than 20 grams).