Guion asks for money back during court hearing
Green Bay – Packers NT Letroy Guion appeared at a civil forfeiture hearing in a Bradford County (Fla.) court room Monday seeking to get back his vehicle and the $190,000 police seized from him in a drug arrest.
According to First Coast News, Judge Phillip Pena said he would make a decision by the end of the week on whether to return Guion’s property.
Guion, who was arrested Feb. 3 by Starke, Fla., police, was taken into custody after police found 357 grams of marijuana, a gun registered to Guion and $190,000 in cash in his vehicle. He was pulled over after police claimed he was not staying in his lane and a scent of marijuana was coming from the car.
Because the drugs and cash were found inside the same container, police said, investigators seized the cash.
When he took the stand Monday, Guion maintained the money came from a paycheck he cashed from the Green Bay Packers. He said he earned ‘every cent’ of it and that it wasn’t drug money.
As officers continued their search, police said the Starke native grew “extremely uncooperative and hostile,” at one point even “rushing” the driver’s side of the truck, according to court documents. Guion attempted to remove a black bag from the truck and was then arrested, according to the police.
Guion’s vehicle, worth more than $60,000, was also seized as part of the case.
Guion’s attorney said his client worked very hard for the money police seized that night.
“This is a very fine young man who’s worked very hard to get where he is. He came up from nowhere,” said attorney Robert Rush, a board certified criminal trial lawyer based in Gainesville.
Guion still faces charges of possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He posted a $100,000 bond shortly after being taken into custody. The civil forfeiture case is separate from any criminal charges.