Miami Hurricanes player arrested on marijuana and steroid charges

A Miami Hurricanes baseball player was arrested on criminal charges for allegedly negotiating the sale of marijuana to an undercover police officer, according to the Miami Herald.

Frank Ratcliff, 19, allegedly tried to sell 21 grams of pot for $220. Police searched his apartment and found 101 grams of marijuana and 19 vials of steroids. The steroids are a significant issue that will require the representation of an experienced and aggressive Miami criminal defense attorney.

At issue will also be the weight of the marijuana. Under Florida law, sale of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail. At 21 grams, the sale would be felony, with a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. He was also charged with marijuana sale within 1,000 feet of a school, which enhances the penalty.

Possession of steroids is also a class three felony carrying a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Some media reports indicated the steroids in question were Human Growth Hormone, which may not even be classified as an illegal steroid depending on whether Ratcliff had a prescription and whether he is charged under state or federal law.

A Miami criminal defense lawyer will also challenge the right of authorities to conduct the search. Ratcliff allegedly agreed to permit the search of his apartment, according to an ESPN report.

Ratcliff is a native of Key West and joined the Canes as a freshman last year. He was suspended from participating in school athletics following the arrest. He started 52 games last year as an infielder and batted .276, including six homers and 29 RBIs. He led the team with six triples.