Mathieu, Jefferson out of jail after drug arrests

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Former LSU football standouts Tyrann Mathieu and Jordan Jefferson were released from a Baton Rouge jail

Friday after their arrests at Mathieu's apartment on marijuana charges.

Mathieu, who was a one-time Heisman Trophy finalist, played cornerback until he was dismissed from the team in August after

reportedly failing a drug test. Quarterback Jefferson has been playing in the Canadian Football League.

They were released along with Derrick Bryant, a former backup safety. A fourth former player arrested in the case, Karnell

Hatcher, remained in jail.

Police said Mathieu, 20, of New Orleans, and Jefferson, 22, of St. Rose, La., were booked Thursday at the East Baton Rouge

Parish Prison on charges of simple possession of marijuana.

Hatcher, 22, of Delray Beach, Fla., was booked with second-offense simple possession of marijuana. Bryant, 22, of Lawrenceville,

Ga., was booked with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Jefferson's attorney stressed Thursday that "all individuals are presumed innocent" and said he planned to examine the facts

of the case.

Baton Rouge police said the arrests came Thursday after officers responded to a complaint about a man attempting to force

his way through a security gate at the apartment complex where Mathieu lives. Before officers arrived, a resident let the

man, later identified as Jefferson, into the complex and he was seen going into an apartment.

Police said Mathieu answered the door and officers obtained permission to search after smelling marijuana, leading to the


Officers found a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of high grade marijuana, police said in a news release.

None of those arrested have commented publicly on the case. Neither Mathieu nor Bryant had a listed Baton Rouge area phone

number. Hatcher remained in jail Friday.