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New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung might have to make a trip to New Hampshire next Wednesday, as he’s slated to be arraigned on a charge of cocaine possession stemming from June 25.

Per the Laconia Daily Sun, Chung, who has a house in Meredith, N.H., was indicted on the charge on August 8. Although cocaine possession is a felony, Meredith police told the paper Chung wasn’t arrested and so didn’t have a mugshot. The NFL player doesn’t necessarily have to show up for next week’s arraignment in Belknap Superior Court; he can request that his attorney is present on his behalf.


Today the Patriots released one of their typically verbose statements on the matter:


Chung wasn’t at Tuesday’s practice. He was on track to be a starting safety for New England this season, and probably still will be: It could be a while before the NFL hands down any discipline.


Update (4:13 p.m. ET): Via the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois said the Patriots player was charged after police came to his house “on a call for service.”


Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that Chung’s attorney had released a statement, when it was actually the prosecuting attorney. The sentence has been amended.

[Laconia Daily Sun]

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