Patriots safety Patrick Chung facing cocaine charge in New Hampshire 

  • Patriots’ Patrick Chung was indicted Aug. 8 by a Belknap County grand jury. AP

  • New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung was indicted on a cocaine charge Aug. 8. AP file

Published: 8/22/2019 1:19:54 PM

Ten days after Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Patrick Chung will be due in court in Laconia for a final pretrial hearing on a felony cocaine possession charge.

The New England Patriots safety was indicted on the cocaine charge Aug. 8 by a Belknap County grand jury. Authorities say Chung, 32, knowingly possessed cocaine on June 25 in Meredith.

Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois said Meredith police responded to a “call for service,” at Chung’s home.

“During the course of that call, the police obtained the evidence which has led to the current charges being filed,” Livernois said in a statement.

Chung was not arrested at the time. Following the police investigation, the county attorney’s office sought to indict Chung, Livernois said. He did not specify how much cocaine police said they found.

Chung will be arraigned next Wednesday. A trial date is scheduled for March 16, 2020, with a final pretrial hearing scheduled for Feb. 12.

On the field, Chung is known as a tough, hard-hitting safety. He lived up to that reputation in last season’s Super Bowl when he broke his arm making a tackle, and then returned to the sidelines in a cast and sling for the remainder of the game. He was second on the team in tackles last season with 84.

Chung played college football at the University of Oregon under Manchester native and former University of New Hampshire coach Chip Kelly. The Patriots drafted Chung in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft.

He played his first four seasons with the Patriots before going to play for Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. Chung returned to the Patriots the following season and has been a staple in the team’s defensive secondary. In April, New England signed Chung to a contract extension through the 2021 season. He has won three Super Bowls with the team.

The Patriots tweeted Thursday that the team is aware of the reports about Chung but that “we will not be commenting while his judicial proceedings take place.”

Chung owns a $1.2 million home on Needle Eye Road in Meredith, according to public records. Court documents list Chung’s address as 40 Green St. in Foxborough, Mass.

New Hampshire state law says anyone found guilty of possessing less than a half an ounce (14 grams) of cocaine can face up to seven years in prison and a $100,000 fine.It is not clear whether Chung has an attorney who can speak for him. The court file doesn’t list one.

“No one else was  involved in this incident and there are no other charges,” Belknap Assistant County Attorney Keith Cormier said. 

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