TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Deondre Francois turned the topic of a two-month drug investigation after Tallahassee police acquired a tip and believed the Florida State quarterback possessed marijuana with the intent to promote, in accordance with a search warrant obtained by the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday.
The nameless male tipster, who was inside Francois’s condo in late February, stated he noticed a big paper grocery-type bag stuffed with hashish, which TPD estimated at about two kilos, current throughout a drug-related crime.
The tip led to an investigation by which TPD collected and examined the contents of Francois’ curbside rubbish on 4 separate events.
However when TPD concluded its investigation of Francois final Thursday, an executed search warrant carried out at his condo yielded simply 17 grams of marijuana amongst different objects.
Francois, a former Orlando Olympia Excessive standout, was not arrested and provided the prospect to take part in a pre-trial diversion program after the search. He was not anticipated to play in FSU’s spring sport final week and was current on the sidelines for the sport.
New FSU soccer coach Willie Taggart stated he met with Francois and mentioned the matter, which the group was dealing with internally.
“He’s nonetheless with our soccer group,” Taggart stated after FSU’s spring sport.
” … We talked about his duty as a pupil athlete right here, and he understands my expectations and what I’m in search of, particularly with regards to our quarterback.”
Francois labored this spring in a restricted trend whereas recovering from a knee damage he suffered final season.
He was attempting to impress his new coach whereas TPD was investigating his life off the sphere.
Francois’ rubbish was collected and examined on Feb. 27, a date to start with of March, March 27 and April 3, in accordance with the search warrant.
The placement of Francois’ house prevented TPD from conducting fixed surveillance, in accordance with the warrant. However TPD believed the discarded rubbish confirmed proof of ongoing felony exercise at Francois’s condo.
Through the inspections, twice at Francois’ condo and twice with rubbish taken to police headquarters, police discovered paperwork with Francois’ title, plastic baggage with hashish residue and the emptied contents of blunt-type cigars.
When TPD carried out its search of Francois’ condo on Thursday, throughout which his girlfriend Diamond Lindsey was current, police smelled marijuana coming from contained in the condo and located the 17 grams of marijuana and different drug paraphernalia lower than two ft from Francois’ mattress.
Francois informed police the marijuana belonged to Lindsey, he “can’t smoke proper now” and stated the final time he used marijuana was in December 2017.
Among the many contents TPD present in Francois’ rubbish and through their Thursday condo search: a number of plastic baggage with hashish residue, innards of blunt cigars, a Bob Marley grinder, an prompt drug take a look at cup, three vials of ache treatment, two iPads with damaged screens, three iPhones and an FSU pupil ID card for operating again Zaquandre White. A Leon County choose authorised the eight-page search warrant on April 6.
Within the diversion program, Francois can be required to do neighborhood service and keep away from any felony exercise for a interval of anyplace from three months to a yr. He should additionally pay a value of $100 for prosecution to the state lawyer’s workplace. He may be requested to take part in a substance abuse program.
Taggart hopes Francois, who continues to recuperate from a torn patellar tendon of his left knee, could make higher choices whereas making ready to compete for FSU’s beginning quarterback job subsequent season.
“He’s acquired to be sensible about who he’s round and what he’s round, and make good choices,” Taggart stated. “I counsel him to simply be sure he’s round his teammates on a regular basis.”