Linebacker Jason Hatcher was arrested Monday morning on charges of "speeding (11 mph over limit), trafficking in marijuana (eight ounces to less than five pounds), tampering with physical evidence and [buying]/possession of drug paraphernalia," according to the Franklin County Regional Jail records (via Jon Hale of the Louisville Courier-Journal).
Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee reported that Kentucky dismissed Hatcher following the arrest.
Jennifer Palumbo of WKYT tweeted an image of Hatcher's mugshot:
Jennifer Palumbo @JenNimePalumbo
BREAKING | UK football player Jason Hatcher charged with drug trafficking https://t.co/oJluGrkGgq https://t.co/nzNoryswg42016-2-22 15:00:37
Hatcher, a senior, was cited for marijuana possession in 2014 along with Louisville wide receiver James Quick, but he completed a marijuana education course, and the charges were dropped, per Hale. He was suspended for the first two games of last season as well, though the basis for that suspension was not disclosed by the school.
Hatcher, who can play both outside linebacker and defensive end, notched 39 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks in nine games last season for the Wildcats. He accumulated 47 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks in 21 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons.