AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn defensive back Jonathon Mincy was arrested and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana on Friday night.
The arrest, which was first reported by WTVY in Dothan, Alabama, took place outside of Abbeville, Alabama. The Henry County Sheriff's Department confirmed the arrest when reached for comment Saturday morning. According to the sheriff's office, Mincy was a passenger in the backseat of a car that was pulled over for speeding Friday night on U.S. 431.
"The stop occurred after the car was clocked doing 92 (miles per hour) in a 65 (mph zone)," Henry County Sheriff William Maddox said. "It took place on 431 near Great Southern Wood in Abbeville."
After initiating the stop, the deputy walked up to the car and smelled marijuana. Upon looking in the backseat, the officer noticed "a bag of marijuana" near Mincy, according to the sheriff's office. Mincy was then arrested and jailed on a $3,000 bond. The sheriff's office confirmed that Mincy posted the bond and was released Friday night.
Mincy, one of four occupants in the vehicle, was the only passenger arrested. The driver, an unnamed female, received the speeding ticket.
Last season, the Atlanta native started all 14 games for the Tigers, making 56 tackles and 14 pass breakups as the team won the SEC championship and came within 13 seconds of a BCS title. After spending last year at field corner, Mincy shifted to boundary corner this spring.
"Boundary corner, that’s the really critical spot in our roster," defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said in March. "Mincy has made a good transition so far."
Following the first practice of the spring March 18, Mincy said one of his goals for the coming season was to become a team captain.
"But that’s all on how the team responds and how they look at an individual," he said. "I definitely want to be in that role and go out there and do what’s best for the team."
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is on vacation this week and unavailable to comment on Mincy's arrest. But he had already made his expectations for Mincy clear.
"Jonathon's a guy that has a lot of quality big game experience. He's a guy that we'll rely on to really lead that back end, specifically that corner position," Malzahn said March 17, the day before the Tigers' initial spring practice. "... He's more confident and he had a good offseason working out. You can tell a little difference in him. I think he's really ready to step up as a leader back there."
When reached Saturday morning, an Auburn spokesman declined to comment on the arrest. The school did confirm, however, that Malzahn has been notified of the situation.