Cowboys DT Josh Brent jailed after testing positive for marijuana

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is in Dallas County jail after testing positive for marijuana last week, violating the terms of his $100,000 bond, Selwyn Crawford of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Brent has been out on bail while awaiting trial on an intoxicated manslaughter charge following a Dec. 8, 2012 incident that claimed the life of Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad and Brent's former teammate at the University of Illinois. Brent's blood-alcohol level was 0.18, over twice the legal limit, when his Mercedes S600 struck a curb, overturned and caught fire.

A urinalysis test in May revealed that Brent had "tested positive for marijuana and marijuana metabolite". On May 24, Dallas County prosecutors sought to revoke Brent's bond, accusing him of either drinking alcohol or being around alcohol, both of which would be violations of his bail. The SCRAM bracelet on Brent's ankle had also failed to log data on 22 occasions.

During a bond revocation hearing on June 6, State District Judge Robert D. Burns III declined the prosecutor's request, but did order further alcohol monitoring of Brent while scheduling an additional hearing for July 19.

According to the Dallas Morning News report, prosecutors filed a motion this week after a June 19 urinalysis test "indicated the presence of marijuana" in Brent's system.

Following Brent's arrest last December, the Cowboys placed the 2010 supplemental draft choice on the "non-football injury" list. Brent, who established career-highs with five starts and 1.5 sacks in 2012, has remained on the team's 90-man roster and has been around the team's Valley Ranch headquarters this offseason, but is not expected to play for the team in 2013.

Brent's trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 23. If convicted, Brent faces up to 20 years in prison.

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