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05-25-2008, 04:52 PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Authorities in Gainesville have charged Chicago Bulls (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=chi) forward and former Florida star Joakim Noah (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=4287) with possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol.

Gainesville police spokesman Sgt. Rick Roberts said Noah was arrested around 1:50 a.m. Sunday after an officer spotted him on a sidewalk holding a plastic cup containing an amber drink, a violation of city law. During a search at the station, officers found marijuana in his pocket.

Noah was released after signing a notice to appear before a judge -- standard procedure for such offenses. He could face up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine for the marijuana charge.

Noah led the Gators to back-to-back national championships before being picked ninth overall in last June's draft by the Bulls.