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Ex-Steeler LeGarrette Blount Reaches Plea Deal In Pot Case

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) - Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount reached a plea deal for a marijuana possession charge stemming from his arrest in August with former teammate Le'Veon Bell.

Blount will perform 50 hours of community service at a charitable youth organization. If he completes those hours by Feb. 4, the charges will be dropped.

"He regrets putting himself in that situation. He regrets having the Steelers deal with that type of situation as well. He's happy that this is the first step in righting a wrong," attorney Casey White said.

White also claims it's the only time Blount smoked marijuana and said he won't do it again.

"This is a one-time thing. He's never been involved with drugs before. He made a poor decision. He's obviously paying for it," White said.

Blount was released after leaving the field early during the team's Week 11 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Blount now plays for the New England Patriots.

The 28-year-old was charged with possessing marijuana found in Bell's car when Bell was pulled over Aug. 20 in Ross Township.

According to Ross Township Police, it all started around 1:30 p.m. along busy McKnight Road when a motorcycle officer, who was stopped at a red light, smelled marijuana coming from a black Camaro.

Officer Sean Stafiej pulled the car over in the parking lot of Pool City.

Police say Bell was driving, Blount was in the front passenger seat and an unidentified female was in the back seat of the vehicle.

Investigators say Officer Stafiej also found a Ziploc-style bag containing about 20 grams of marijuana on the console.

Ross Township Police say the three "admitted to collectively possessing the bag of marijuana."

Bell has already waived his right to a preliminary hearing and agreed to enter a first-offender's program that could enable him to get his record expunged if he completes 15 months' probation. An Allegheny County judge must still approve Bell's entry into the program on Feb. 6.

Wednesday's hearing will determine whether Blount will stand trial, though he could also waive it and pursue a deal similar to Bell's.

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