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Patriots' Patrick Chung Pleads Not Guilty on Cocaine Possession

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2019

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 17:  Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots walks off the field before a game against the Tennessee Titans during week two of the preseason at Nissan Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Patriots defeated the Titans 22-17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung pleaded not guilty on cocaine possession charges Monday in New Hampshire.

Chung was charged with felony cocaine possession earlier this month after a June incident at his home. While he was not arrested at the time, an investigation gave police probable cause to charge Chung with a crime.

The Patriots have said they are not commenting on the case while it is an active legal matter. Chung remains a member of the team's active roster.

If convicted, Chung could face more than three years in prison. He is due back in court in November for a hearing, and it's possible the case continues through the 2019 NFL season.

Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated noted that it is "not surprising" that Chung entered a not guilty plea because the cocaine was found in a home owned by him, not on his person. It's possible Chung will contend the cocaine was not his and was someone else's in the home or a guest's.

Chung has spent nine of his 10 NFL seasons with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowls. He has played in 78 of a possible 80 regular-season games over the last five seasons since returning to New England after a one-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 32-year-old posted 84 tackles and one interception in 2018, his fifth straight season with over 80 tackles.