Duron Harmon has now found himself in trouble with the law, and possibly soon the NFL.
According to the Costa Rican newspaper La Nación the New England Patriots safety was arrested on Friday afternoon at the Juan Santamaría airport.
Harmon was trying to enter the country reportedly with 58 grams of marijuana stuffed inside a can of ice tea, three pipes with cannabis oil, a THC candy and four glass containers of compressed marijuana that weighed 4.3 grams.
The Costa Rica Star notes that Harmon was “temporarily detained and then sent back to the United States.” Harmon was flying to Costa Rica from Ft. Lauderdale.
“This involved a professional NFL player, who tried to come into the country carrying marijuana,” Irving Malespín, director of the Fiscal Control Police said. “He has sent back to US territory. It is important to highlight the work of different police bodies, who carry out important operations in different areas of the country. We want to prevent undesirable people from entering the country.”
The Patriots also came out with a brief statement on Saturday morning regarding this issue with Harmon (via Ben Volin of The Boston Globe):
“We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica. He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update.”
Harmon was drafted by the Patriots back in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Rutgers. Outside of his rookie season, the 27-year old has played in every game of his professional career and has totaled 86 tackles, 11 interceptions and 19 passes defended. In 2017, Harmon finished with four interceptions, 23 tackles and seven passes defended.
Throughout his career, Harmon has also been able to come up with pretty timely stops on defense like his interception off Ben Roethlisberger back in Week 15 of this past season. The safety was able to grab a tipped pass in the end zone to clinch the Patriots a critical win in Pittsburgh.
During his time in Foxboro, Harmon’s also become a vocal leader in the Patriots locker room and has been given the nickname “The Voice” by his teammates.
He’s also contributed to two Super Bowl winning seasons in 2014 and 2016. Even in their defeat by the Eagles in Super Bowl LII last year, Harmon played well totaling five tackles and an interception.
Last offseason he inked a four-year contract with New England worth a maximum of $20 million.