Panthers wide receiver Shi Smith arrested on drug, gun charges in South Carolina, officials say

UNION COUNTY, S.C. — Carolina Panthers and former USC Gamecock Shi Smith was arrested Friday in South Carolina, according to jail records.

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Smith was charged with unlawful carrying of a handgun, possession of a Schedule I drug and speeding between 16 mph to 24 mph over the speed limit.

He was arrested in Union County, South Carolina.

A Panthers spokesperson sent Channel 9 a statement that read, “We are aware. This is a pending legal matter and there will be no further comment at this time.”

Smith, 23, was released from the county detention center on a $5,000 bond for the drug charge and $1,000 bond for the gun charge, ESPN reported.

Smith, who was selected by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2021 draft, is slated for a first court appearance on June 14, the second day of the franchise’s four-day minicamp, ESPN reported.

Smith had six catches for 104 yards in his rookie season and is entering the second year of a four-year, $3.4 million contract, the network reported.

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