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Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield enters pretrial diversion for marijuana arrest

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Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield has entered a pretrial diversion program after his May 1 arrest on two misdemeanor marijuana charges.

Holyfield entered the program Wednesday following a court appearance. He likely was eligible for the program because he is a first-time offender and had no prior trouble with the law.

If Holyfield successfully completes the program in 12 months, he will have charges dropped from his record.

As a part of the agreement, Holyfield must not be arrested or cited and can’t go into a bar, nightclub, liquor store or any business where the “primary purpose is the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages.” He also will be subjected to random drug tests and required to report to a supervising officer in person.

Holyfield must pay $200 to enter the program and also has to complete 40 hours of community service.

Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley entered into a pretrial diversion program similar to Holyfield’s in May after he was arrested for a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge in March.

Holyfield was arrested by University of Georgia police for possession of marijuana (less than an ounce) and possession/use of drug-related objects after a resident assistant reported a marijuana odor coming from the running back’s room.

Two unnamed Georgia teammates also were in the room but were not charged.

Holyfield, who will be a sophomore this fall, was named one of Georgia’s most improved offensive players for the spring. He is the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield.

Holyfield played in five games as a true freshman last season, with six carries for 29 yards.

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