Falcons DT arrested for drugs

Jonathan Babineaux

Jonathan Babineaux

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An Atlanta Falcons player has been arrested on drug charges.

Jonathan Babineaux, a defensive tackle, was arrested after police pulled over his 2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT on Interstate 85.

At about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, the SUV was pulled over for an equipment violation and expired registration, but police reported an odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle.

A Police K9 unit responded, and after a search of the vehicle, police found 41 grams of marijuana in three separate bags, a press release said.

Babineaux, who was driving, was charged with possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, a felony, and issued citations for driving without a valid driver's license, expired registration, non-working tag light and illegal window tint, the report said.

Police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said the driver's license and registration infractions were a result of Babineaux not transferring his residence status to Georgia from his prior residence in Texas.

The passenger, 25-year-old Aaron Robinson of Minneapolis, was also arrested, charged with one felony count of possession of more than one ounce of marijuana.

Both have bonded out of the Gwinnett County jail.

"We are aware of the situation concerning Jonathan Babineaux and are in the process of gathering information. Because this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time," Falcons officials said in a statement.

Babineaux also released a statement through his agent.

"Unfortunately, since it is a legal matter, I will not be able to comment further at this time," the statement said. "But my family and I have faith that you will see I'm not guilty of these charges. I also want to thank my family, friends, the Atlanta Falcons, my teammates and the fans for their continued support."

Babineaux, 28, lives in Braselton.

In 2007, Babineaux was accused of killing his girlfriend's pit bull and arrested on animal cruelty charges. The charges were later dropped.