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Werts cocaine charge dropped”

A drug charge has been dropped against a Georgia Southern quarterback after a white substance he identified as bird poop on his car's hood tested negative for cocaine.

"I play football, so I don't do cocaine", the 21-year-old told officers July 31 as he was pulled over for speeding in SC.

On Thursday, Wert's attorney Townes Jones IV told WJCL-TV that his client's cocaine possession charge was dropped.

A sample of the substance was sent to the State Law Enforcement Division for testing to verify the results of the field tests, and Werts was charged with possession of less than a gram of cocaine and cited with speeding.

Prosecutors in SC dropped charges of cocaine possession against Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts on Thursday, according to ESPN.

That suspension has now been lifted. According to the Saluda County Sheriff's Office, Werts waited five minutes to stop his 2016 Dodge Charger.

Werts, as he was being read his Miranda rights, told the arresting officer he plays football for Georgia Southern and didn't have any reason to lie about whether he uses cocaine.

According to the station, bodycam footage appeared to show responding officers bewildered at the substance that appeared on the hood of the auto.

"What's the white stuff on the front of your hood, man?"

Werts insisted it was bird excrement that he tried to clean off at a vehicle wash days earlier. When Werts told an officer he believed it was bird poop, the officer disagreed and told his supervisor about the positive test for cocaine.

"I swear to God it's not [bird poo]", the officer says, "because I just tested it, and that turned pink".

"I promise you, it's not, though", the officer said. "On August 8, 2019, SLED [South Carolina Law Enforcement Division] received the substance and completed the drug analysis".

Deputy solicitor for the 11th Judicial Circuit Al Eargle told ESPN that from the test results, "the only things they could tell for certain was it wasn't a controlled substance".

Jones said the prosecutor agreed that there wasn't any evidence to support that Werts knew where the deposit on his car's hood came from, let alone what it was.

He's still facing a speeding charge, WSAV reports.



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