Michael Zennie of The Fayetteville Observer is reporting that Jeff Hardy's drug possession/distribution case has finally been resolved after two years of constant delays.
As part of a plea bargain to avoid a trial and possible prison time, Hardy was sentenced to:
- 10 days in jail
- 30 months (two and a half years) of probation (during which he will be allowed to travel for work)
- A $100,000 fine
- Remain in a drug abuse treatment program (it wasn't clear what type of program he's in, how long he's been in it, and how long he'll have to stay in it)
Hardy pleaded guilty to three felony charges:
- Two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver a controlled substance
- One count of conspiracy to traffic in a substance containing opium.
The charges dropped as part of the plea deal were:
- Felony maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance
- Felony possession of cocaine
- Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
Thanks to Assistant District Attorney Warren McSweeney, the full details of how the sting operation on Hardy came about and was executed were finally revealed. At a Federal Express distribution center, a package sent to Jeff Hardy by a fan of his was deemed suspicious.
They were right to be suspicious—inside the package was a coffee can filled with 262 tablets of hydrocodone-based narcotic prescription painkillers. The police resealed the package, had it delivered to Hardy, and raided his house when he accepted it.
According to the police statement released at the time, the other drugs found in the house were:
- 180 prescription Soma (carisprodol) muscle relaxers pills (not a narcotic in most jurisdictions but they can be badly abused, and have been in wrestling to the point that WWE has banned them even with a prescription)
- 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids (the specific steroid was not specified)
- A residual amounts of powder cocaine
- Various forms of drug paraphernalia
Now that we've gotten all of the facts out of the way...
A fan FedExing a coffee can filled with painkillers to Jeff Hardy?!?!?!!? Wow. That's just...wow. I'm speechless about how screwed up that is, even by Jeff Hardy standards.
This is a guy who, just after his arrest, shot a video for his internet show where, while scratching his nose and clearly not in a good state of mind, appeared to brag about his own drug intake. A fan shipping him a coffee can of painkillers is, to me, somehow going beyond that. I'm also very curious why the fan hasn't been charged (either in Florida or federally) or why we haven't heard about it if he has.
Hopefully what some people are claiming is true and whatever (presumably outpatient) treatment program Jeff Hardy has entered has turned him around. Still, he shouldn't be wrestling if he's so early in his recovery and his pain from a career of big bumps is as bad as his lawyer says it is.
There are a few things I'm in the process of trying to get more information on that weren't in Michael Zennie's Fayetteville Observer story, so I've left messages for both him and ADA Warren McSweeney. If I get any new information, I'll post it later.
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