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Former NC State player charged with marijuana possession in Charlotte

Former Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle T.Y. McGill celebrates after a play against the Detroit Lions during the first half of a preseason game on Aug. 13 in Indianapolis. McGill, who was charged with possession of marijuana over the weekend, was claimed by the Cleveland Browns off waivers Sunday.
Former Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle T.Y. McGill celebrates after a play against the Detroit Lions during the first half of a preseason game on Aug. 13 in Indianapolis. McGill, who was charged with possession of marijuana over the weekend, was claimed by the Cleveland Browns off waivers Sunday. AP

T.Y. McGill, a defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns and a former N.C. State standout, was charged with drug possession over the weekend in Charlotte.

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday that McGill, whose full name is Torrone Carlton McGill Jr., was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. His court date is scheduled for Oct. 24.

Alcohol Law Enforcement agent Omar Qureshi was conducting surveillance at the Westin Hotel uptown around 12:15 a.m. Saturday when he saw McGill in the hotel’s valet area with “a small amount” of marijuana. Qureshi said McGill initially denied having the marijuana, but soon was cooperative.

No arrest was made, Qureshi said, and no one else was charged.

McGill, 24, posted an Instagram Saturday indicating he was in Charlotte for the College Kickoff at Bank of America Stadium. South Carolina beat N.C. State 35-28.

McGill was claimed off waivers by the Browns on Sunday after being released Saturday by the Indianapolis Colts, where he spent his first two NFL seasons.

“We are aware of the citation and have spoken to TY directly. Those conversations will remain internal,” a Browns spokesman said in an email to the Observer.

McGill’s agents declined to comment.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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