UF’s Callaway pleads no contest to drug paraphernalia, is fined

UF receiver Antonio Callaway. [Brad McClenny/Staff photographer]

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway pled no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia and was fined $301 in court costs Monday morning at the Alachua County Courthouse.
As part of a plea agreement with the State Attorney’s Office, the possession of marijuana charge was dropped. Callaway had been facing a misdemeanor charge for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.
State Attorney Bill Cervone said the plea deal Callaway was offered is typical for a first-time offender, which Callaway is.
Callaway was cited for possession in May. He was a passenger in a black Mercedes SUV when Gainesville Police Department officers stopped the vehicle. The police report said officers smelled marijuana in the car and then found about seven grams of the drug in Callaway’s pocket during a search.
Callaway, a junior, could be facing further disciplinary action from the school and coach Jim McElwain, including a possible suspension from the Sept. 2 opener against Michigan.
Callaway, UF’s leading receiver this past season, is considered the Gators’ biggest playmaker on offense.