Vikings RB Thomas charged with felony marijuana possession

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas has been charged with felony possession of marijuana.

A criminal complaint says Thomas’ apartment in a Twin Cities suburb was searched Jan. 16 and officers found more than 143 grams of marijuana (about five ounces), along with drug paraphernalia and $16,000 in cash.

According to The Star Tribune , the complaint says Thomas told investigators he smokes marijuana, but does not sell it. Marijuana possession is only legal with medical permission in Minnesota where having more than 42.5 grams (1.5 ounces) is considered a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and $5,000 fine.

The Vikings say team officials are aware of the charges against Thomas and respect the legal process. The 23-year-old Thomas appeared in five regular-season games last season, rushing eight times for 30 yards.