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Tenpenny faces marijuana charge

Former North Little Rock High School football player Altee Tenpenny, who now plays football at the University of Alabama, was arrested March 24 in North Little Rock on suspicion of possession of marijuana, police confirmed Wednesday.

Tenpenny was back in North Little Rock for spring break when officer Jeffrey Coburn stopped his vehicle on McCain Boulevard because of a license plate light that was not working, according to a police report.

Coburn said in the report that Tenpenney appeared nervous and his hands were shaking. Coburn also said he detected an odor of burnt marijuana.

Coburn asked Tenpenny when was the last time he had used marijuana, and Tenpenny said he had “smoked a blunt” with a family member about an hour earlier. He initially denied that there was any marijuana in the vehicle, but after additional officers arrived, a search of the vehicle turned up a clear plastic bag containing marijuana, according to the report.

Coburn reported that the total package weight was 2.1 grams.

Tenpenny was arrested and later released with ordered to appear in court on April 10 to face a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

A freshman at the University of Alabama, Tenpenny played in all 13 games for the school last season. He scored one touchdown for the season and rushed for 82 yards. He primarily played on special teams.

Tenpenny was an All American player at North Little Rock High School in his senior year.

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