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Truck belonging to Bucs' Jackson found to have marijuana, bullets

WR says friend was driving car without permission

The Tampa Police Department is investigating an incident after a vehicle registered to Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson was involved in a single-car crash on Christmas Eve, with a search of the Chevy Silverado turning up marijuana and hollow-point bullets.

Per the police report, officers responded to a crash near the International Mall on West Shore Blvd. in Tampa, approximately three miles from the team facility. They found an abandoned Chevy Silverado that had left the road and crashed into a tree, with police finding 6.3 grams of marijuana and two .38 caliber hollow-point bullets, which are legal in Florida.

Possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor in the state of Florida and subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 and a year in jail. The vehicle was impounded.

Jackson responded to the scene after being contacted by authorities, telling police that he was not operating the vehicle at the time of the crash.

"It was a friend of DeSean's who borrowed his car while he was out of town without his knowledge," said Denise White, a spokesperson for Jackson. "None of what was in the car was his, obviously. He's dealing with the person that was using it without his knowledge privately. The incident is being handled."

Jackson initially declined to cooperate before providing the name of the driver, according to a report from NFL.com.

Buccaneers team officials are aware of the incident.

"We are aware of a one-car accident involving a vehicle registered to DeSean Jackson on the night of Dec. 24," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement Wednesday. "Our understanding is that DeSean has been in contact with authorities and is cooperating with the investigation."

Jackson has reeled in 50 catches for 668 yards and three touchdowns in his first season with the Buccaneers after signing a three-year, $33.5 million deal last March.


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