Police conducted surveillance on Francois for two months.
The apartment of Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois was reportedly raided on Thursday as Tallahassee police searched for evidence that he was selling marijuana, according to the Orlando Sentinel. However, police found less than an ounce of weed and Francois, who is still recovering from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee, was not arrested.
Police were reportedly acting on a tip from someone who was inside the apartment in late February and witnessed "a large paper grocery-type bag full of cannabis, which TPD estimated at about two pounds, present during a drug-related crime." As a result of the tip, police collected items in Francois' curbside garbage on four separate occasions prior to yesterday's raid.
According to the Orlando Sentinel,
"During the inspections, twice at Francois’ apartment and twice with garbage taken to police headquarters, police found documents with Francois’ name, plastic bags with cannabis residue and the emptied contents of blunt-type cigars."
"When TPD conducted its search of Francois’ apartment on Thursday, during which his girlfriend Diamond Lindsey was present, police smelled marijuana coming from inside the apartment and found the 17 grams of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia less than two feet from Francois’ bed."
Francois told police the weed belonged to his girlfriend, and said that he hasn't smoked since December 2017. He was ultimately cited with misdemeanor possession and given the chance to enter a pre-trial diversion program and pay a fine.
FSU head coach Willie Taggart told the newspaper that Francois is still on the team, but advised him "to just make sure he's around his teammates all the time."