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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder arrested on drugs charges

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is arrested on possession of marijuana after being stopped by police in Alabama.
By , Reporter
Updated: Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:38 UK

Deontay Wilder has been arrested by Tuscaloosa Police after being found in possession of marijuana.

After being pulled over for a tinted window violation, officers were said to have smelled evidence of the drug and a "minimal" amount was found in the car which Wilder was driving.

The WBC heavyweight champion was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and a misdemeanour, and was later released on bond of $1,000 (£783.50).

His attorney Paul Patterson told Tuscaloosa News said that the substance found did not belong to the 32-year-old, instead suggesting that it had been left in his car by someone else earlier this week.

Wilder is currently contemplating his next move, with a mandatory defence against Bermane Stiverne or a unification clash with WBO title holder Joseph Parker his main options.

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