Boxing champion Deontay Wilder charged with marijuana possession

Associated Press

FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, Deontay Wilder reacts after a WBC heavyweight title boxing match Artur Szpilka, of Poland, in New York. Wilder has been charged with marijuana possession. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, police said in a statement that they arrested Wilder on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after they found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade. They say they stopped Wilder for a window tint violation. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder has been charged with marijuana possession.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, police said in a statement that they arrested Wilder on Wednesday after they found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade. They say they stopped Wilder for a window tint violation.

The department says officers got permission to search the vehicle after smelling marijuana and found a small amount in the vehicle’s console.

Wilder was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and released on $1,000 bond.

Wilder’s attorney Paul Patterson did not immediately comment when contacted by telephone and email. Patterson told the Tuscaloosa News that the marijuana did not belong to Wilder and that someone had used his vehicle when he was out of town.

Wilder is the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion. He won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.