Gators cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge early Sunday morning.

At about midnight Sunday, a Gainesville Police officer pulled over a car for a traffic violation in the 2700 block of Southwest 35th Place, according to a GPD incident report.

Purifoy, 20, was sitting in the back seat when the officer approached the car. The officer reported that one passenger had marijuana residue on his pants and another threw a marijuana cigarette out the window.

Police searched the car and found 2.5 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag by the emergency brake, according to the report.

Purifoy and the other passengers denied the bag was theirs.

Police issued Purifoy and three other men notices to appear in court.

Purifoy is the 13th Gator arrested since coach Will Muschamp began his tenure at Florida in January 2011. The Pensacola native is the seventh UF player arrested for marijuana possession under Muschamp.

Purifoy started every game last season and led all returning Gators with 51 tackles, three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.

Purifoy is scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment Feb. 21, according to the Alachua County Clerk of Courts’ website.

Staff writer Chris Alcantara contributed to this report. Contact Kathryn Varn at [email protected] and Joe Morgan at [email protected].

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