New England Patriots veteran Patrick Chung has waived an arraignment scheduled for this week and pled not guilty after being indicted for possession of cocaine in New Hampshire, a spokesperson for the state's highest court said Monday.
Chung waived his arraignment scheduled for August 28 and entered a not guilty plea, according to Tammy Jackson, a communications officer for the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
His next court appearance is schuedled for November 8 in Belknap County Superior Court in Laconia.
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Court documents revealed last week that Chung, 32, had been found to be in possession of cocaine "on or about" June 25 in Meredith. He was indicted in a Laconia court on Aug. 8.
The Patriots oragnization said it would not comment on the situation while Chung's judicial proceedings take place.
The charges stem from an incident on June 25, when members of the Meredith Police Department were called to Chung's residence on a "call for service," according to Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois. During the call, Livernois said police obtained evidence that led to the charges being filed. Chung was not arrested at that time, but the information was referred to the county attorney's office, which made the decision to indict him.
Chung lives in Foxborough, Massachusetts, but town records show he also owns a lakeside home in Meredith, according to the Laconia Daily Sun.
According to the substance abuse policy negotiated by the league and player’s union, players convicted of breaking the law are subject to discipline as determined by the commissioner.
Chung has played nine of his 10 NFL seasons for the Patriots and has won three Super Bowls. He was drafted by New England in 2009. After a stint with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chung was signed as a free agent by the Patriots in 2014.
He started 14 games last season, racking up 82 total tackles and an interception, according to the Patriots website.