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Nick Fairley of Detroit Lions has drug charge dismissed

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairleyhad a misdemeanor possession marijuana, charge dismissed in his hometown of Mobile, Ala. on Tuesday.

Fairley was stopped by police April 3, the Detroit Free Press reported, and his car was searched after the arresting officer smelled marijuana. Two hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes were found, but a passenger, Eric Taylor, took responsibility. Fairley passed regular drug tests administered by the NFL since he was arrested. Prosecutors asked for charges to be dropped after Fairley passed a drug test Tuesday.

Fairley has improved drastically as a second-year pro. He has 4.5 sacks, 30 tackles and a forced fumble.

Fairley is also appealing a six-month suspended jail term, one year of probation and a $600 fine from a driving under the influence of alcohol charge on May 27 in Mobile.

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