A Saskatchewan Roughrider reportedly played the entirety of the last CFL season while out on bail on a cocaine trafficking charge.
A story posted to The Winnipeg Free Press website around 9:30 p.m. Thursday states that Jordan Reaves, a defensive lineman with the Riders, faces a charge in that city stemming from a traffic stop early in 2016.
In the Free Press story, reporter Mike McIntyre cites court documents showing Reaves was arrested alongside another man, Seif Ali, who also faces a charge of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
McIntyre writes that a judge found enough evidence at a preliminary hearing to send the case for trial at Court of Queen's Bench in Winnipeg. That trial is to begin on Nov. 20.
McIntyre quotes Reaves' defence lawyer, Mike Cook, saying his client maintains his innocence.
Cook is further quoted saying that Winnipeg police were initially following a different vehicle as part of an investigation, and that a passenger in the target vehicle got into Reaves' car before the traffic stop.
Mcintyre writes that court documents show Reaves previously pleaded guilty to a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking in 2008, and was given a conditional sentence of two-years-less-a-day, plus a year of probation and a 10-year weapons ban.
According to McIntyre, a spokesperson for the Riders said the team was unaware of the allegation against Reaves, and would withhold comment until they were able to find more information.
Reaves, a Winnipeg native, originally signed with the Blue Bombers in April 2015. He joined the Riders in January 2016, appearing in five regular season games and recording two tackles on special teams.
None of the allegations contained in McIntyre's story has been proven in court.
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