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NFL suspends Vikings' Roc Thomas after felony drug arrest

The running back was arrested in January.
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The National Football League on Tuesday suspended Vikings running back Roc Thomas for the first three games of the 2019 season for a violation of the league's policy and programs on substances of abuse. 

In other words, Thomas can't play until Week 4 because of a felony drug charge in Dakota County in February. 

A criminal complaint described the day – January 16 – Thomas was arrested, which happened after management at the apartment Thomas lived at in Mendota Heights received multiple complaints about the odor of marijuana coming from his door. 

A search of the master bedroom turned up multiple glass jars containing suspected marijuana along with more containers holding marijuana wax, in addition to a vape pen, which police say is commonly used to ingest marijuana wax.

Police also discovered $15,802 in a nightstand next to the bed.

More containers of marijuana and marijuana wax were found in the living and TV rooms, along with other drug paraphernalia and documents with Thomas' name on them.

In all, police confiscated 143.28 grams of marijuana and 6.69 grams of marijuana wax.

Thomas said he was aware of complaints made to building management and told investigators that all of the narcotics belonged to him.

Thomas denied selling the drugs but was eventually charged with felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. 

Thomas' future with the Vikings is unclear, as there is again a bevy of running backs on the roster, led by Dalvin Cook, not to mention Alexander Mattison, whom the Vikings selected in the third round of the NFL Draft.  

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