Le’Ron McClain Arrested for Trafficking Synthetic Weed

By John Lavitt 12/03/14

The former Baltimore Ravens fullback is just the latest headache for the scandal-plagued league.

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Former Alabama and Baltimore Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain was arrested in late November on a felony count of trafficking synthetic marijuana.

Found in possession of 122 grams of synthetic marijuana in the course of another investigation, McClain subsequently was arrested on the trafficking charge in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and booked on a $500,000 bond.

From 2007-2013, McClain played in the NFL as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, and San Diego Chargers. The bruising fullback was most successful while with the Ravens. Over the course of four seasons, he made two Pro Bowls and was named a First-Team All-Pro in 2008. He scored 16 touchdowns in his career and ran for a total of 1867 yards from scrimmage, including 902 rushing yards and 10 TDs in 2008. Cut by the Chargers in March training camp, he returned home and soon found himself caught up in the local drug trade.

Frequently sold in the past as incense with a "not fit for human consumption" label, spice or synthetic marijuana is essentially common herbs sprayed with a variety of dangerous chemicals designed to get the user high when smoked. Effectively banned in 2012 when the most frequently used compounds were deemed Schedule I drugs by the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, synthetic marijuana has become a new staple for drug dealers. If Le’Ron McClain is found guilty, the mandatory minimum sentence in Alabama is a three-year prison sentence and a $50,000 fine.

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.