Tampa Bay Bucs Tackle Akeem Spence Busted On Local Drug Charges
January 15, 2014
FIRST ON NORTHESCAMBIA.COM — Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Akeem Spence of Navarre was arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges following a traffic stop in Flomaton, Ala.
According to reports, Spence was stopped by an Alabama State Trooper who clocked him in excess of 100 mph at 11:35 a.m. at the 2-mile marker of Highway 113. A search of his 2014 Chevrolet Malibu by a law enforcement K-9 located an unspecified amount of marijuana in his vehicle, according to authorities.
The 22-year old Spence was booked into the Escambia County (Ala.) Detention Center on charges of unlawful possession of marijuana second degree and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was released shortly after his arrest on a $3,000 bond. He’s due in court on March 3.
“We have been informed of the situation involving Akeem Spence and are working with local authorities to get additional information,” new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in a statement.
“We will wait to get all the facts, but the initial reports are concerning and disappointing. I have spoken with Akeem and expressed my dissatisfaction with his involvement in this situation. As a member of the Buccaneers, he will be held to the high standards we have set for all members of this organization.”
Spence was picked by the Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year deal worth $2,644,424. He netted a $484,424 signing bonus. After graduating from Fort Walton Beach High School, he played football on a scholarship for the University of Illinois for three years, forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.