Reports: Patriots’ Duron Harmon arrested for trying to bring marijuana into Costa Rica

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Patriots safety Duron Harmon was reportedly arrested for trying to enter Costa Rica with marijuana.

Costa Rican newspaper La Nación reports that Harmon was arrested on Friday afternoon at the Juan Santamaría airport, when he tried to enter the country with 58 grams of marijuana hidden inside a can of soda in a suitcase.

The Costa Rica Star adds that Harmon was temporarily detained and then sent back to the United States.

Harmon was a 2013 third-round draft pick of the Patriots who signed a four-year contract extension with New England last year. He has played every game since Week Two of his rookie season, but he’ll be at risk of potential NFL discipline for this incident.

47 responses to “Reports: Patriots’ Duron Harmon arrested for trying to bring marijuana into Costa Rica

  1. I would not be surprised if the Patriots moved on then. They dont always cut the guy on the spot but the few times a Pariot got caught with something they were one way or another off the roster within a few months. Traded like Jones or a few years ago one of their lesser DBs got caught and he was cut that week. Either way one does not want to be hanging their employment security on Bill Belichicks sense of humor.

  2. Man, as a Patriot’s fan, this pisses me off because I wish these guys were smarter than they apparently are. Is it only fans that appreciate the massive, life-changing opportunity they get?

    Wasn’t he pegged at between the 6th, 7th or undrafted when BB scooped him up in the 3rd? Really a stupid move by him if BB cuts him today and no other team has the same value.

  3. Uh oh. There is smoking marijuana, getting caught smoking marijuana and then there is hiding marijuana in a soda can as you try and enter a foreign country. Stupid. You’re gonna get what you deserve from the law and the league Harmon. Bad choice hombrè. And after all that potential discipline you have to walk into the office of Bill Belichick. 😬

  4. Harmon: “I think I’ll sneak me some pot through TSA onto an airplane and smuggle it through customs and into a foreign country. After all, I play in the NFL and for the almighty Patriots.”
    People with any sense at all, “WOW, what a dumb idea.”

  5. There are many hopeful players, who would kill for a chance to play in the NFL! Trying to smuggle pot into another country, is beyond stupid!! I do not understand this thinking, of someone who is living the dream 😦

  6. What an absolute idiot.
    I hope he gets max charges and discipline for making his employer and the NFL, look bad just because he is a crazy pothead.

  7. Never bring anything other than a prescription drug, in the bottle it was prescribed, into any country or state for that matter.

    Less than two ounces indicates it was for his own use. He was likely going on vacation in the off season. Very dumb move.

    He’s fortunate that they just kicked him out.

    I suspect that many of the posters calling for harsh penalties against him have drunk alcohol and gotten behind the wheel well over the legal limit. A far more dangerous drug, promoted by NFL sponsors and sold in their stadiums.

  8. I am sick of reading fans constantly implying some Black player doesn’t appreciate his privilege. Its racist, pure and simple. These guy’s didn’t wind up here through nepotism, trade unionism that favors families, wealth or any other short cut. They earned it through talent and hard work, and have to keep proving themselves every day.

  9. Getting arrested in a foreign country bring in marijuana is not real smart and definitely not part of the Patriot way. Harmon will face consequences from this. Coach Belichick likes him as a player but will go completely berserk over this. If Duron survives as a Patriot, he is in the doghouse and on a very short leash. New England are the elite team of the NFL and this is simply unacceptable.

  10. So this will likely play out one of two ways.

    1. (Most Likely) NFL does nothing for a year, Harmon plays full season with New England and is then traded to Cleveland for a 2nd or 3rd round pick and a former high round pick by Cleveland (thinking Nassib or Orchard or Ogunjobi) then Harmon is suspended by the league 4 games.

    2. Since no charges were filed, NFL never comments on this issue and does nothing.

    Chance Patriots release him is about 0.0075%

  11. suspend him a couple games for a stupid decision, make the public apology for embarrassing his family, and get him back in the lineup. he smokes pot. if he had beaten a woman i’d throw him out of the league, but whats with all the self righteousness about doing something that’s legal in several states? again, taking it into a foreign country was stupid; doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy.

  12. How did he get the can of soda/pot through US check points? I am sure the can would have been detected once it went through the xray machine.

  13. cathy yurchak says:
    March 24, 2018 at 9:54 am
    How did he get the can of soda/pot through US check points? I am sure the can would have been detected once it went through the xray machine.

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    The scans and such are for luggage coming in. Going out it does not get checked that much because that will happen at the other end.

  14. tigerlilac says:
    March 24, 2018 at 9:44 am
    I am sick of reading fans constantly implying some Black player doesn’t appreciate his privilege. Its racist, pure and simple. These guy’s didn’t wind up here through nepotism, trade unionism that favors families, wealth or any other short cut. They earned it through talent and hard work, and have to keep proving themselves every day.

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    Who said anything about race?

  15. 58 grams = 2 ounces of smoke. That is not a small amount. He was about to party hard. A soda can? Really? A soda can? Because, you know, we all so commonly pack a can of soda in our luggage when we travel. That is not a red flag or anything. A hollowed out metal shaving cream can would be more common. But yeah, he took a risk and he got burnt….out.

  16. Is marijuana so difficult to get in Costa Rica that he had to bring it in with him? If so, probably could have picked a different island and supported the local economy without issues.

  17. Sean Cupolo says:
    March 24, 2018 at 9:50 am
    So this will likely play out one of two ways.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Drug offenses play out the way they were negotiated in the CBA and are not affected by the player or team involved.

    If it’s his first violation of the NFL policy he will enter the NFL program and won’t be suspended. If he was in the program and this is his second offense he will be subject to automatic suspension.

  18. cathy yurchak says:

    How did he get the can of soda/pot through US check points? I am sure the can would have been detected once it went through the xray machine.

    He probably had it hidden somewhere else. You can’t bring a can of soda through security so he probably either got it after going through security or on the plane. Then he decided it’d be smarter to hide it in the can rather than however he got it through security in the US. Not a very bright move in any case.

  19. Sean Cupolo says:

    Chance Patriots release him is about 0.0075%

    That’s all dependent on how badly they think they’ll need him this year. Remember, Michael Floyd was convicted of extreme DUI and every other team elected not to sign him, except for NE. These sorts of legal issues don’t matter (on most every team) as long as you can play.

  20. idislikespeciousness says:

    Drug offenses play out the way they were negotiated in the CBA and are not affected by the player or team involved.

    If it’s his first violation of the NFL policy he will enter the NFL program and won’t be suspended. If he was in the program and this is his second offense he will be subject to automatic suspension.

    I think this situation is different. He didn’t test positive. He was caught smuggling it into another country. That’s more serious than simple possession. He’ll likely face some actions because this issue is a criminal offense. I could be wrong though.

  21. Patriots were stuck in a snow storm after a game in Buffalo back in 2000 and some of the players decided to go spend the night on the Canadian side of the border. Ty Law got popped at the border with ecstasy in his suitcase.

    Belichick announced he was suspended for the last game of the season prior to the league even making a statement on it. I don’t recall if there was a league imposed penalty on top of that, but Law stuck around with the Pats for three SB wins.

    I think Harmon has been a good locker room guy and someone who hasn’t had any issues in the past, so it will be interesting to see what happens. The league is obviously carries a bigger stick these days than they did back then.

  22. He’s lucky. Ever watch Locked Up Abroad? The folks south of the border don’t take kindly to drug smuggling Yanquis, and delight in throwing them in hell hole prisons.

  23. “The Patriot way”

    SMH so even though every single NFL team has had guys busted for pot in the last few years, and quite a few with far more than the Pats have had, somehow its the “Patriot way”

    You people have such disgusting double standards. Especially when it comes to a substance that will be legal for recreational use throughout much of the country in the coming years. And is already legal for medical use in over half the states.

    Awfully stupid to try and bring into a foreign country though.

  24. At least he didn’t try to smuggle illegal drugs into the Philippines. President Duterte advocates vigilante murder for drug offenses. Tolerance is not a strong suit in a lot of countries.

    One of these days the NFL will stop testing for Marijuana. As it should be.

  25. To those that don’t believe constantly referring to NFL players as “privileged” has a racial undertone, 70% of NFL players are Black. I have never heard anyone complaine about hockey players being privileged.

  26. tigerlilac says:
    March 24, 2018 at 4:11 pm
    To those that don’t believe constantly referring to NFL players as “privileged” has a racial undertone, 70% of NFL players are Black. I have never heard anyone complaine about hockey players being privileged.

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    Please enlighten me on how many NHL players have been arrested this past year.

  27. I won’t comment about how dumb this guy is to try and sneak weed into another country…. but jesus, it’s Costa Rica. That’s like trying to smuggle weed into Colorado. It’s EVERYWHERE there… among other things. You might as well smuggle some sand in for the beaches while you’re at it. It’s even legal there (in small quantities, to have, not to sell).

  28. I got a better chance of getting it into my father-in-laws place. With the same consequences.

  29. If you are wondering why you don’t hear “privilege” associated with the NHL, consider this. How many Americans, randomly picked, can name 3 NFL players? How about 3 NBA players? Or 3 MLB players? 3 NHL players?

    By SO EXTREMELY FAR, the fewest Americans could name 3 NHL players. Take your pick, by popularity, by revenue, by maximum event viewership, by overall viewership, and the NFL runs 4x-10x the numbers of the NHL. 15 states sponsor high school hockey. 50 sponsor football, 50 sponsor basketball, 48 baseball, 50 soccer.

    Major League Soccer and the NHL have similar popularity in the US, unless you live on a border state with Canada.

    So, fame and money bring some privilege, and unless you live in one of us igloo-weather-states, hockey does not bring fame.

  30. Paul McCartney took pot into Japan and got busted. I dont see rock stars get bashed anywhere close to NFL players.

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