Tonawanda News

September 11, 2013

Nigel Bradham pot charge dismissed

By Jessica Bagley
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham's possession of marijuana charge will be dropped in six months if he obeys the law, a town judge ruled Wednesday evening. 

Town Justice Daniel Cavarello adjourned Bradham's case in contemplation of dismissal — a standard ruling for a first-time non-criminal offense. 

"If you live a law-abiding life ... the charges will be dismissed," Cavarello told Bradham, who appeared in court with his lawyer, Michael Caffery. 

If Bradham has another run-in with the law during that time, the charge can be restored and he will have to appear in court on March 12, Cavarello said. 

Bradham, 23, wore a black suit to Wednesday's hearing and remained for most of the proceeding. Bradham and Caffery declined to comment on the case.  

Bradham was pulled over at 2:01 a.m. Aug. 17 on Sheridan Drive for a window tint violation, the town's police report states. Officer Howard Scholl smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked Bradham if he had any drugs in the car.

Bradham, who was driving a car with Florida license plates, initially denied having any drugs in the car. The officer again asked Bradham where the drugs were.

"(He) opened a center glove compartment and handed me a zip lock baggy," the police report, which did not mention any passengers in the vehicle, states. "I asked (Bradham) what was in the zip lock bag and he stated 'marijuana.'"

Lt. Nicholas Bado said the amount of the drug was too small to hold Bradham, and police issued him an appearance ticket for marijuana possession and a traffic ticket for the window tint violation.

Cavarello also dismissed the window tint violation, as Bradham and Caffery confirmed the problem had been fixed. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley