Auburn signee arrested, faces up to 11-years if convicted

Kalvaraz Bessent

Kalvaraz Bessent

Recent 4-star Auburn signee Kalvaraz Bessent was arrested on marijuana-related charges following a traffic stop Friday, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

According to sheriff Bill Leeper, a 2007 Dodge Charger…Dodge Charger?…was stopped at roughly 10:00 p.m. on U.S. 1 in western Nassau County for driving 58 mph in a 45 mph zone. Inside were four occupants, including driver Elbert Thornton, 21, of Jacksonville.

An officer smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana and found four bags of marijuana totaling 202.5 grams underneath the driver’s seat and front passenger seat. Bessent was sitting in the front passenger seat.

None of the four occupants, all male, took ownership of the marijuana and so all were arrested on the same charges, Leeper said.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn “is aware of the situation and is continuing to gather information,” a team spokesman said Saturday.

It’s just too bad Bessent didn’t sign elsewhere. Given Auburn’s recent history of signing players kicked off other teams for similar trouble, Bessent would be starting for the Tigers this August. Cam Newton and Nick Marshall say “hey.”

Bessent sent a message to his followers on Twitter following his arrest.

“God knows the truth and he is going to stick with me through this if nobody else will!!”

Oh he’ll stick with you, Kalvaraz. But unfortunately so will this.

If convicted on all three charges, Bessent could face up to 11 years in prison, according to Florida state law. He faces five years on each felony charge and one year for drug paraphernalia.

Bessent was a defensive back prospect expected to help fill a secondary in need.