Saints lineman summoned for marijuana possession

Kristian Garic
February 07, 2019 - 10:11 am

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The off-season has gotten off to a bit of a shaky start for the Saints.  Defensive lineman David Oneymata was summoned for marijuana possession at his apartment in River Ridge late last month; according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office received a tip that a quantity of marijuana products were going to be in Oneyemata’s apartment.  The department obtained a warrant and raided Onyemata’s apartment, discovering marijuana, cannabis oil, marijuana edibles and hemp powder on the January 29th raid.  The police report described Onyemata as “cooperative.”

Onyemata was drafted by the Saints in the 4th round in 2016, after the team moved up to pick him out of Manitoba College in Canada.

At this time, it's unclear if David Onyemata is in the NFL protocol for failing a drug test.  Typically, if a player fails a drug test, the first one is not reported; and he's subject to random drug tests by the league.  If a player fails a second drug test, he would be suspended for four games.  On a subsequent third failed drug test, the player could be suspended for up to eight games or more.  The league usually drug tests players during the offseason unless the player is in the failed drug test protocol.  

Onyemata could potentially face a suspension from the league or the team if the NFL or the Saints deems necessary; however, that seems unlikely in this situation. 

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