12up Logo12up Logo

Packers LB Za'Darius Smith's Traffic Stop Caught on Police Body Cam

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03:  Za'Darius Smith #55 of the Green Bay Packers before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Harry How/Getty Images

Green Bay Packers linebacker Za'Darius Smith is in some legal trouble, after being charged with possession of marijuana and speeding following a late-September traffic stop.

Smith was pulled over on Sept. 29 after driving 81 mph in a 60 mph zone, and officers detected the odor of marijuana before discovering the substance while searching the vehicle.

Well, some more information regarding the traffic stop has been released, as the entire incident was documented via the officer's body cam, from which footage has now been made public.

The Sheriffs' Department stopped and briefly handcuffed Smith and teammates Rashan Gary and Kingsley Keke. The Packers' trio were compliant with officers, and admitted to having smoked marijuana approximately an hour and a half earlier in Chicago. Recreational marijuana use is legal in the state of Illinois.

The officers handcuffed the players while they searched the car, though they did not arrest them. Smith reportedly claimed to be the possessor of the substance police found in the car and received tickets for marijuana possession as well as speeding, while his teammates got off scot-free.

After officers released Smith from his handcuffs, both parties actually had a rather lighthearted conversation about the Packers' season so far and their postseason prospects.

On the season, Smith has been the Packers' most effective pass rusher, logging 33 tackles, 17 QB hits and 8.5 sacks in his debut campaign in Green Bay.