Deondre Francois investigated over tip that he was selling marijuana
Deondre Francois has found himself in some legal trouble after police investigated a tip they received that the Florida State quarterback was selling marijuana out of his apartment in Tallahassee.
According to a search warrant obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Tallahassee police received a tip from an anonymous male who said he was inside Francois’s apartment in February and saw a large bag full of marijuana, which was estimated by police to be about two pounds. Investigators got a warrant to search through Francois’s garbage on four separate occasions, and they believed the evidence supported the claim that Francois was involved with criminal activity.
Among the contents TPD found in Francois’ garbage and during their Thursday apartment search: multiple plastic bags with cannabis residue, innards of blunt cigars, a Bob Marley grinder, an instant drug test cup, three vials of pain medication, two iPads with broken screens, three iPhones and an FSU student ID card for running back Zaquandre White.A Leon County judge approved the eight-page search warrant on April 6.
Police conducted a search of Francois’s apartment last Thursday and found 17 grams of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia near his bed. The 21-year-old claimed the drugs belonged to his girlfriend Diamond Lindsey, who was in the apartment at the time, and told police he “can’t smoke right now.” He claimed the last time he used marijuana was in December.
Francois was not arrested and instead was offered the chance to participate in a pre-trial diversion program, which involves community service and probation for anywhere from three months to a year. He could also be asked to participate in a substance abuse program. Florida State head coach Willie Taggart said Francois is “still with our football team” and that he hopes the QB can make better choices going forward.
“He’s got to be smart about who he’s around and what he’s around, and make good decisions,” Taggart said. “I advise him to just make sure he’s around his teammates all the time.”
Francois was also accused of domestic violence back in January, but he was later cleared.
If you remember, Francois was at odds with Jimbo Fisher over the way Fisher left Florida State to take the job at Texas A&M. He now gets a fresh start with Taggart, but it doesn’t sound like he has gotten off on the right foot.